By Barry Jean Ancelet
This teeming compendium of stories assembles and classifies the plentiful lore and storytelling ordinary within the French tradition of southern Louisiana. this can be the biggest, such a lot diversified, and most sensible annotated number 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 unearths the lengthy and energetic history of the Louisiana folktale between French Creoles and Cajuns and indicates how tale-telling in Louisiana over the years has remained lively and continuously altering. the superior storytellers of the current day are highlighted in biographical sketches and are pointed out by means of 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 vastly remodeled because the French arrived on southern soil, the French oral culture is alive and flourishing this present day. it truly is much more complicated and sundry than has been proven in prior reports, for published listed here are African affects in addition to others which were 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