Xhosa and Russian Folktales: A Structural Comparison

Published:
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SUN PReSS
ISBN:
9781928480259
DOI:
10.18820/9781928480259
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171 pages
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In many different cultures all over the world, the concept of oral literature and its functioning still exists. One of the best known is the folktale. Folklorist and formalist, Vladimir Propp (1895–1970), aimed to describe the story structure of Russian folktales according to a linear sequence of the acts of the characters. The somewhat surprising and obvious links between Propp’s material and Xhosa iintsomi prompted the choice of Propp’s model as the departure point for this comparative study of forty‑five Xhosa folktales.

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Vladimir Propp: Morphology of the folktale
Chapter 3 Vladimir Propp applied to Xhosa iintsomi
Chapter 4 Formal structural features of the Xhosa iintsomi
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