In contrast to many other regions of the world, in West Africa traditional oral narratives are still thriving. While verbal art is posited in between activities of preservation and a gradual adaption to the exigencies of modern life, local and regional researchers are actively engaged in studying the related processes. In this book West-African scholars from different disciplines present their research, discuss current research topics and reflect new perspectives on narratives in and about West Africa. Their challenging studies provide new perspectives on the state of narrative culture and related research in contemporary West Africa.
Bea Lundt is Professor for History at the Europe-University of Flensburg (Germany) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Education Winneba (Ghana).
Ulrich Marzolph is a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and a senior member of the editorial committee of the Enzyklopädie des Märchens. He is currently serving as president of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR).