SEERS, SAINTS AND SINNERS; The Oral Tradition of Upper Egypt. Elizabeth Wickett.

SEERS, SAINTS AND SINNERS; The Oral Tradition of Upper Egypt

London: Tauris, 2012. First printing. Traditional Egyptian folktales have a flavor and vivacity that until now has proved impossible to render in translation. Here, Elizabeth Wickett presents a translation into English of five rich and vivid tales from Upper Egypt that accurately captures the drama, wit, and vitality of Egyptian oral narrative in performance. The stories include the tale of Maimuna, the slave girl of Mecca, crucified for her beliefs, and the erotic tale of Aziza, the flamboyant daughter of the Sultan of Tunis, who attempts to seduce and capture the handsome and innocent Yunis. The author explores the broader literary and social significance of each tale, as well as the aesthetics of performance, gender issues, and parallels with other Egyptian and Near Eastern tales. A unique record of a disappearing and little known tradition. New cloth bound in dust jacket with bit of a binding issue that glue is showing through slightly on front and rear end papers. Item #18316

229 pages.

Price: $24.00

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