Allegories of the Wilderness: Ethics and Ambiguity in Kuranko Narratives


“The ideas that inspired this work, and which are in turn inspired by it, go far beyond the tales and tale-tellers of the Kuranko of Sierra Leone.  It is always a pleasure to read a work that in its specificity of cultural analysis transcends the individual instance to allow broader discussion of human expressive behavior, or in this case, of the use and meaning of narratives.  A widely acknowledged anthropologist and poet, Michael Jackson has provided (after three periods of fieldwork from 1969 to 1979) a brilliant study of Kuranko narratives and how they illuminate Kuranko life and ethos.” - Philip Peek