African Oral Literature: Backgrounds, Character, and Continuity by Isidore Okpewho

Pamela J. Olúbùnmi Smith, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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DOI: 10.2307/40149507 Stable URL:


Along with the publication of his two earlier scholarly works, The Epic in Africa (1979) and Myth in Africa (1983), Isidore Okpewho's latest book, African Oral Literature, seems to have completed the natural course of scholarship "in the field," as Afracanists continue their scholarly attempts ar (re)visioning/(re)writing African oral traditions and literatures from an "insider" perspective--from the horse's moth, so to speak.