Sundiata | Critical Essay by Jan Jansen

Djeli Mamoudou Kouyate
This literature criticism consists of approximately 57 pages of analysis & critique of Sundiata.
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Critical Essay by Jan Jansen

SOURCE: Jansen, Jan. “The Sunjata Epic—The Ultimate Version.” Research in African Literatures 32, no. 1 (spring 2001): 14-46.

In the following essay, Jansen describes rehearsals for a Sunjata performance and explains what is missed by simply reading the text as compared with experiencing a communal performance.

In the last decades the Sunjata epic has enjoyed much attention as a masterpiece of African oral literature; at American universities it is often part of undergraduate courses on literature or world history. The Sunjata epic is considered part of the historical heritage of the famous medieval Mali empire: already in the fourteenth century the Arab traveler Ibn Battuta heard griots praising the king of Mali as a direct descendant of Sunjata. Although it is not certain whether the memory of Sunjata had at that time already been shaped in the...

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