By Barry Jean Ancelet
This teeming compendium of stories assembles and classifies the ample lore and storytelling well-known within the French tradition of southern Louisiana. this is often the biggest, such a lot assorted, and most sensible annotated selection of French-language stories ever released within the usa. facet via aspect are dual-language retellings�the Cajun French and its English translation�along with insightful commentaries.
This quantity finds the lengthy and energetic historical past of the Louisiana folktale between French Creoles and Cajuns and exhibits how tale-telling in Louisiana over the years has remained lively and continually altering. the superior storytellers of the current day are highlighted in biographical sketches and are pointed out through a few of their top stories. Their repertory contains animal tales, magic tales, jokes, tall stories, Pascal (improvised) tales, and mythical tales�all of them colourful examples of Louisiana narrative at its best.
Though drastically remodeled because the French arrived on southern soil, the French oral culture is alive and flourishing this day. it truly is much more complicated and sundry than has been proven in earlier experiences, for printed listed here are African impacts in addition to others which have been filtered from America�s multicultural mainstream.
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Cajun and Creole Folktales: The French Oral Tradition of South Louisiana by Barry Jean Ancelet