Harold Scheub

Harold Scheub is Evjue-Bascom Professor of Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of many books, including Story, The Poem in the Story, Shadows, and A Dictionary of African Mythology: The Mythmaker as Storyteller.

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The Uncoiling Python · South African Storytellers and Resistance
By Harold Scheub

There are many collections of African oral traditions, but few as carefully organized as The Uncoiling Python. Harold Scheub, one of the world’s leading scholars of African oral traditions and folklore, explores the ways in which oral traditions have served to combat and subvert colonial domination in South Africa.

“An innovative and original blend of broad-based humanistic scholarship with a sharply focused treatment of how a people’s oral narrative tradition addresses the traumas of their history.”

Isidore Okpewho, State University of New York Distinguished Professor of Africana Studies, English, and Comparative Literature at Binghamton University