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Speak, Bird, Speak Again

Ibrahim Muhawi and Sharif Kanaana

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1989 | ISBN: 9780520062924
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520908734 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520062924.001.0001
Speak, Bird, Speak Again

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This book is more than a collection of previously unpublished folktales. By combining expertise in English literature and anthropology, it brings to these tales an integral method of study that unites a sensitivity to language with a deep appreciation for culture. Over the course of several years, the authors have collected tales in the regions of the Galilee, Gaza, and the West Bank, determining which were the most widely known and appreciated, and selecting the ones that best represented the Palestinian Arab folk narrative tradition. Great care has been taken with the translations to maintain the original flavor, humor, and cultural nuances of tales that are at once earthy and whimsical. The book acts as a guide to Palestinian culture.

Keywords: folktales; English literature; anthropology; Galilee; Gaza; West Bank; Arab folk narrative; Palestinian culture

Book.  512 pages. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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Children and Parents in Speak, Bird, Speak Again

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Siblings in Speak, Bird, Speak Again

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The Quest for the Spouse in Speak, Bird, Speak Again

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