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Title:Transformations of the African folktale: towards a poetics for authentic adaptation
Author:Ukala, SamISNI
Periodical:African Performance Review (ISSN 1753-5964)
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:folk tales
Ika language
Abstract:Transformation is a common feature of the African folktale and its performance. Two broad kinds of transformation can be distinguished: auto-transformation, or transformation from within the cultures that own the tale, and adaptation, or transformation from the standpoint of the outsider. Using examples from Ika folktales (Nigeria), this paper examines auto-transformation from the perspective of language, subject matter and form, as well as sensitive and insensitive forms of adaptation by translators and creative writers. Adaptations are then assessed against the traditional conventions of folktale composition and performance, which Sam Ukala has crystallized into eight laws of aesthetic response. However, because of the dynamism of African folktale aesthetics, a reliable poetics for the authentic adaptation of the African folktale may derive from a creative rather than a mechanical observance of these laws. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]