Over The Lip Of The World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar

Paperback | April 1, 2001

byColleen J. Mcelroy

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Gifted travel writer, poet, professor of English, and insightful observer of human nature, Colleen McElroy journeyed to Madagascar to undertake a Fulbright research project exploring Malagasy oral traditions and myths. In Over the Lip of the World she depicts with equal verve the various storytelling traditions of the island and her own adventures in trying to find and record them.

McElroy’s tale of an African American woman’s travels among the people of Madagascar is told with wit, insight, and humor. Throughout it she interweaves English translations of Malagasy stories of heroism and morality, royalty and commoners, love and revenge, and the magic of tricksters and shapechangers.

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Gifted travel writer, poet, professor of English, and insightful observer of human nature, Colleen McElroy journeyed to Madagascar to undertake a Fulbright research project exploring Malagasy oral traditions and myths. In Over the Lip of the World she depicts with equal verve the various storytelling traditions of the island and her o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 7.98 × 6.07 × 0.65 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295981156

ISBN - 13:9780295981154

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IllustrationsIntroductionThe Tapestry of Languages in TranslationSelected BibliographyAND ALL THE TOWNS BETWEENHow Stories Came to Be: three viewsOrigins of Myths, Alphonse RaharisonTapasiry: Tales from the South, Aurelien de Moussa BehaviraThe Oral Tradition, Ernest RakotosalamaUNDER SOUTHERN SKIES: MEMOIRS OF TOLIARAPapango Fito Loha: Seven-headed HawkJust HeadBabaky: Squash BoyTRAFFIC IN SALT COUNTRYThe Three BrothersTwo Girls and the Old WomanRafaravavy and RandrianoroSPIRITS OF WATER, SPIRITS OF LAKESThe Legend of TritrivaRafara: Girl of the WatersROCK, PAPER, SCISSORSRaharinora and RandriantsaraFaralahy Mahery: Strong Youngest SonRavolamamba and TsaramiambyPEOPLE OF THE HIGHLANDS; PEOPLE OF THE LONG VALLEYS; PEOPLE OF THE THORNSIt Was There But Goes By Quickly (hiragasy)Moonlight poem by Mme. MadelineWater: The Source of Life poem by Mme. MadelineThe Way to Say Farewell poem by M. ErnestEach Day Now Breaks poem by M. RadoAfrika! poem by M. RadoMaliciousness poem by M. RadoNostalgia poem by M. RadoTURNING THE BONESAndriananahary (Zanahary) sy Andriantompo: The Lord Who Creates and the Lord Who OwnsTHE LIGHT STILL SHINES TOMORROWThe Rite of Bathing the KingJadan'IkotoJaotombo, The FishermanONLY THE SEA BEYONDBetombokoantsoro: The MonsterIndex

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Gifted travel writer, poet, professor of English, and insightful observer of human nature, Colleen McElroy journeyed to Madagascar to undertake a Fulbright research project exploring Malagasy oral traditions and myths. In Over the Lip of the World she depicts with equal verve the various storytelling traditions of the island and her own adventures in trying to find and record them.McElroy’s tale of an African American woman’s travels among the people of Madagascar is told with wit, insight, and humor. Throughout it she interweaves English translations of Malagasy stories of heroism and morality, royalty and commoners, love and revenge, and the magic of tricksters and shapechangers.McElroy the poet is indeed obvious in every line of this work as she brilliantly develops characters, relates adventures, and captures the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and feel of every area of her travels. - Daryl Cumber Dance, author of Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women’s Humor