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The Devil's Colors: A Comparative Study of French and Nigerian Folktales

Ugochukwu, Francoise (2007). The Devil's Colors: A Comparative Study of French and Nigerian Folktales. Oral Tradition, 21(2) pp. 250–268.

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Abstract

This study, largely based on five separate published collections, compares French and Nigerian folktales - focusing mainly on French Dauphine and Nigerian Igboland - to consider the role color plays in encounters with supernatural characters from diverse color background. A study in black, white/red and green, the paper compares the naming of colors in the two languages and illustrates their usage as a tool to communicate color-coded values. Nigeria's history, religious beliefs, and language development offer additional clues to what at first appears to be fundamental differences in cultural approach. Attempting to trace the roots of this color-coding, the study also considers the impact of colonization on oral literature and traditional art forms.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 Center for Studies in Oral Tradition
ISSN: 0883-5365
Keywords: Nigeria; France; Dauphine; Igboland; folktales; Devil;color
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 7088
Depositing User: Françoise Ugochukwu
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2014 07:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/7088
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