FFC 274

Maarten Kossmann:
A Study of Eastern Moroccan Fairy Tales.
Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia (Academia Scientiarum Fennica). 2000. 156 pp.

ISBN 951-41-0880-9 (hardback)
ISBN 951-41-0881-7 (paperback)

17 euros (hardback)
13 euros (paperback)

This book studies the structure and style of orally transmitted fairy tales from Eastern Morocco in Berber and dialectal Arabic. Drawing on materials collected in his own fieldwork and other sources, the author pays special attention to the aesthetics of the fairy tale as understood by Max Lüthi and to the analysis of tale-specific formulae. Two hitherto unpublished Figuig Berber fairy tales are appended, as is a comparison of two versions of an Eastern Riffian story which, though collected independently at an interval of 60 years, show remarkable similarities.

MAARTEN KOSSMANN (b. 1966, PhD Leiden 1994) is an expert on descriptive and comparative Berber linguistics and the oral literatures of Northern Africa. His main publications include a Grammaire du parler berbère de Figuig (Maroc oriental) (Peeters, Paris-Louvain 1997), Essai sur la phonologie du proto-berbère (Köppe, Köln 1999) and Esquisse grammaticale du rifain oriental (Peeters, Paris-Louvain 2000).

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