African Epics: A comparative Study

Citation:
Abouel-Lail, K., "African Epics: A comparative Study", African Literature Today 35, United states, JAMES CURREY, 2017.

Abstract:

This paper will focus on The Epic of Sundiata Keita and a different narrations of Al-Sira al-Hilaliya in Egypt, to investigate the similarities and differences between them in relation to the structure of the epic, represented by the stages through which the folk cultural hero passes; for example, the prophecy; the birth of the hero; the alienation of the hero; and the final recognition of the hero. It will depend on the comparative method and the oral-formulaic theory (Finnegan, 1977), (Ong, 1992).

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