Sunjata Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

CRITICISM

Camara, Seydou. “The Epic of Sunjata: Structure, Preservation, and Transmission.” In In Search of Sunjata: The Mande Oral Epic as History, Literature, and Performance, edited by Ralph A. Austen, pp. 59-68. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.

Offers observations gleaned from a performance of Sunjata in a small African village.

Conrad, David C. “A Town Called Dakajalan: The Sunjata Tradition and the Question of Ancient Mali's Capital.” The Journal of African History 35 (1994): 355-77.

Takes issue with the general conviction that Niani was the capital of medieval Mali.

———, ed. Introduction to Epic Ancestors of the Sunjata Era: Oral Traditions from the Maninka of Guinea, pp. 1-14. Madison, Wis.: African Studies Program, 1999.

Examines the impact that widely-circulating cassette tape recordings have had on the Sunjata tradition.

Jansen, Jan. “Masking Sunjata: A Hermeneutical Critique.” History in Africa 27 (2000): 131-41.

Argues that taking a strictly literary approach to the study of the Sunjata is too limiting.

Wilks, Ivor. “The History of the Sunjata Epic: A Review of the Evidence.” In In Search of Sunjata: The Mande Oral Epic as History, Literature, and Performance, edited by Ralph A. Austen, pp. 25-57. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.

Comments on the oral and textual transmission of the Sunjata epic.

Additional coverage of the Sunjata is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Children's Literature Review, Vol. 51 and Epics for Students, Vol. 1.