Edited by Philip M. Peek, Kwesi Yankah
Routledge – 2009 – 608 pages
"Extensive cross-referencing and bibliographic references enhance the volume's usefulness… An excellent introduction to African folklore as well as a convenient resource for leading researchers to further study, this is highly recommended." - Library Journal
"At the cutting edge of current folklore research… Recommended." – Choice
Written by an international team of experts, this Encyclopedia is the first work of its kind to offer comprehensive coverage of folklore throughout the African continent. Over three hundred entries provide in-depth examinations of individual African countries, ethnic groups, religious practices, artistic genres, and numerous other concepts related to folklore. Featuring original field photographs, a comprehensive index, maps, and thorough cross-references, African Folklore: An Encyclopedia is an indispensable resource for students and teachers of African Folklore and for those working on African topics across Cultural Studies, Literature and Anthropology.
‘An exemplary effort, African Folklore: An Encyclopedia is the kind of book that one can read for hours, since each article invites the reader toward another…One of the work’s strongest points is its accurate portrayal of the current state of research on every topic discussed.’– Yves Laberge, Journal of American Folklore
'Provides in-depth coverage… Extensive cross-referencing and bibliographic references enhance the volume's usefulness… An excellent introduction to African folklore as well as a convenient resource for leading researchers to further study, this is highly recommended for academic and large public libraries with folklore collections.' – Library Journal
'Fits nicely in the gap between encyclopedias of Africa and encyclopedias of folklore, narrowing and sharpening the focus of each. There is no resource quite like this one. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries.' – Booklist/RBB
'An extremely useful resource… This book provides easy access to information along with reliable resources.' - Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
'At the cutting edge of current folklore research… Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and higher.' – Choice
'A representative coverage of folk culture for the whole continent… High quality… Thought-provoking introduction and entries… A welcome addition to the field… I recommend it highly.' – Reference & User Services Quarterly
'This is an exceptionally well-researched and well-written volume… This title is highly recommended.' – American Reference Books Annual
'There is a great deal of good in the encyclopedia, and it is potentially a valuable research tool for those who know little about folklore on the African continent, while also offering some refreshing moments for those who may consider themselves experts on the topic. I can recommend this book for its intended readership of undergraduate students, as well as postgraduates and professional Africanists who seek an authoritative update in their field.' – African Studies Review
Introduction List of Contributors List of Entries Maps Entries A to Z Appendix: African Studies Centres and Libraries in the USA and Africa Appendix: Field and Broadcast Sound Recording Collections at the Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music (ATM) Appendix: Filmography Appendix: Sample of Earlier Dissertations and Theses on African Folklore at U.S. Institutions Index
Philip M. Peek is Professor of Anthropology at Drew University, USA.
Kwesi Yankah is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ghana.