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Title:
The griot's craft : an essay on oral tradition and diplomacy
Author:
Jansen, Jan, 1962-
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Publication Information:
Münster : Lit ; Piscataway, N.J. : Distributed in North America by Transaction Publishers, [2000]
Physical Description:
xiii, 100 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9783825843526
Format :
Book

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DT551.45.M36 J37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ
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Summary

Summary

"Jansen is the first scholar to provide us with extensive insight into 'jelikan' (griot speech) as social practice and function. Jansen's arguments attack many long-accepted views of Mande oral tradition and will undoubtedly raise controversy, but they are soundly based on extensive and sensitive fieldwork." -- Ralph A. Austen, University of Chicago

This book systematically examines how griots deal with both social relationships and the transfer of knowledge, illustrating their role in Mande society and why they are more than mere "storytellers" or "entertainers."


Author Notes

During more than four decades of illustrating children's books, two-time Caldecott Medalists LEO and DIANE DILLON have received nearly every award and honor in this genre. Although they have illustrated scores of books written by others, this is the second book they have written themselves. The first, Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles Think of That! was published by The Blue Sky Press in 2002. They live in New York City.