Ewe comic heroes : trickster tales in Togo
Ewe (African people) Tricksters Oral tradition Tales
Routledge 1994EISBN 1138845469
Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Original Title Page; Original Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Series Preface; Preface; Introduction; Chapter One: The Collection; Chapter Two: Origins of Trickster; Chapter Three: Methodology; Chapter Four: Formal Features of Trickster Narratives; Chapter Five: Metaphor and Meaning in Trickster Narratives; Chapter Six: Style in Performance; Chapter Seven: Why Trickster?; Appendix; Bibliography
The trickster character is prominent in the cultural, particularly narrative, traditions of many different peoples throughout the world. Comic and serious, stupid and clever, benevolent and evil, winner and loser, the trickster is a study in contradictions. The trickster cannot be pigeonholed, for he does not fit into any neat categories or definitions. This study, first published in 1994, aims to give the reader the opportunity to experience in some small measure the dynamic and exciting dramatic oral narrative performances of the Ewe people of West Africa.