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How to read a folktale : the Ibonia epic from Madagascar

Author: Lee Haring
Publisher: Cambridge, England : Open Book Publishers, 2013. ©2013
Series: World oral literature series, Volume 4.
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"How to Read a Folktale offers the first English translation of Ibonia, a spellbinding tale of old Madagascar. Ibonia is a folktale on epic scale. Much of its plot sounds familiar: a powerful royal hero attempts to rescue his betrothed from an evil adversary and, after a series of tests and duels, he and his lover are joyfully united with a marriage that affirms the royal lineage. These fairytale elements link  Read more...
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How to read a folktale : the Ibonia epic from Madagascar.
Cambridge, England : Open Book Publishers, ©2013
152 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Haring
ISBN: 9781909254077 190925407X 1909254061 9781909254060 1909254053 9781909254053 1909254088 9781909254084 1909254096 9781909254091
OCLC Number: 878145045
Notes: "World Oral Literature Project"--Cover.
Description: 1 online resource (166 pages) : illustrations, photograph.
Contents: ""Contents""; ""Foreword to Ibonia""; ""Preface""; ""1.�Introduction: What Ibonia is and How to Read it""; ""2.�How to Read Ibonia: Folkloric Restatement""; ""3.�What it is: Texts, Plural ""; ""4.�Texture and Structure: How it is Made""; ""5.�Context, History, Interpretation""; ""6. IBONAMASIBONIAMANORO He of the Clear and Captivating Glance""; ""There Is No Child""; ""Her Quest for Conception""; ""The Locust Becomes a Baby""; ""His Quest for a Birthplace""; ""Yet Unnamed""; ""Refusing Names from Princes""; ""The Name for a Perfected Man""; ""Power ""; ""Stone Man Shakes"" ""He Refuses More Names""""Games""; ""He Arms Himself""; ""He Is Tested""; ""He Combats Beast and Man""; ""He Refuses Other Wives""; ""The Disguised Flayer""; ""An Old Man Becomes Stone Man�s Rival""; ""Victory: “Dead, I Do Not Leave You on Earth; Living, I Give You to No Man�""; ""Return of the Royal Couple""; ""Ibonia Prescribes Laws and Bids Farewell""; ""Appendix: Versions and Variants""; ""Works Cited ""; ""Index""
Series Title: World oral literature series, Volume 4.
Responsibility: translation and reader's guide by Lee Haring.

Abstract:

"How to Read a Folktale offers the first English translation of Ibonia, a spellbinding tale of old Madagascar. Ibonia is a folktale on epic scale. Much of its plot sounds familiar: a powerful royal hero attempts to rescue his betrothed from an evil adversary and, after a series of tests and duels, he and his lover are joyfully united with a marriage that affirms the royal lineage. These fairytale elements link Ibonia with European folktales, but the tale is still very much a product of Madagascar. It contains African-style praise poetry for the hero; it presents Indonesian-style riddles and poems; and it inflates the form of folktale into epic proportions. Recorded when the Malagasy people were experiencing European contact for the first time, Ibonia proclaims the power of the ancestors against the foreigner. Through Ibonia, Lee Haring expertly helps readers to understand the very nature of folktales. His definitive translation, originally published in 1994, has now been fully revised to emphasize its poetic qualities, while his new introduction and detailed notes give insight into the fascinating imagination and symbols of the Malagasy. Haring's research connects this exotic narrative with fundamental questions not only of anthropology but also of literary criticism."--Publisher's website.
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