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Open Book Publishers releases "Storytelling in Northern Zambia" online
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8/12/2013 at 3:48:51 PM GMT
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Open Book Publishers releases "Storytelling in Northern Zambia" online

From: Open Book Publishers,

New release: "Storytelling in Northern Zambia: Theory, Method, Practice and Other Necessary Fictions," by Robert Cancel

At a time when the idea of the traditional book is rapidly changing, this work harnesses the potential of digital technologies to allow readers to access the primary sources on which research is based. A collection and analysis of northern Zambia’s oral narrative traditions, this book pioneers a new integration of critical text and original audio-visual material, enabling you to watch videos of the storytellers while you read.

Cancel’s thorough critical interpretation, meanwhile, makes "Storytelling in Northern Zambia" a much needed addition to the slender corpus of African folklore studies that deal with storytelling performance. Cancel threads his way between the complex demands of African fieldwork studies, folklore theory, narrative modes, reflexive description and simple documentation and succeeds in bringing to the reader a set of performers and their performances that are vivid, varied and instructive. His study tells us not only about storytelling but sheds light on the study of oral literatures throughout Africa and beyond.

"Storytelling in Northern Zambia" was published on 16 July 2013 and can be read for free online here: <> where it is also available in inexpensive digital, paperback and hardback editions.

Open Book Publishers is a non-profit organisation, run by academics in Cambridge and London. We are committed to making high-quality research freely available to readers around the world. We rely on our friends and associates to assist in publicizing our books, and we thank you for your support.

Contact Catherine Heygate, assistant editor, for more details about this volume or what we do at OBP.

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