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Jewish Moroccan Folk Narratives from Israel

Aliza Shenhar and Haya Bar-Itzhak

Israel and Middle East, Folklore, Jewish Studies

Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology

Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344521
Pages: 208 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 37 b&w illus.
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344538
Pages: 208 Size: EPUB
Illustrations: 37 b&w illus.

Jewish Moroccan Folk Narratives focuses on two central elements: textual research to examine the aesthetic qualities of the narrative, their division into genres, the various versions and their parallels, and acculturation in Israel, as well as contextual research to examine the performance art of the narrator and the role of the narrative as a communicative process in the narrating society. The collection includes twenty-one narratives by twelve storytellers; an account of the narrators' lives and a commentary have been applied to each. In contrast to most anthologies of Jewish folktales, the texts in this book were recorded in the natural context of narration and in the language of origin (Judaeo-Arabic), meeting the most vigorous standards of current folklore scholarship.

Haya Bar-Itzhak is chair of folklore studies and a teacher in the department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies at the University of Haifa. Aliza Shenhar is a professor of folklore and Rector at the University of Haifa.