African Myths and Legends
. New York: Henry Z. Walck, Inc. 1963. The author retells thirty-four African myths and legends. Illustrated, 221 pages.
Beier, Ulli, ed.
Introduction to African Literature
, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1967. This book contains a collection of essays on the history of African literature, These essays were written by African educators and writers. 262 pages.
Uses of Enchantment
. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. The author discusses the significance of myths, legends, folktales and other fantasy literature in the development of children. 310 pages.
Biebuyck, Daniel and Kahombo C. Mateene.
The Mwindo Epic
. California: University of California Press, 1969. The author presents the Mwindo epic in the Bantu text and in the English translation.In the thirty-nine page introduction, the author provides information about the oral literature of the Nyanga clan. 200 pages. This book is available at Yale s Cross Campus Library.
The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology
. New York: The Viking Press, 1959. Dr. Campbell, in very technical language, explains the importance of mythology as the basis for understanding the psychology, cultures and histories of the people of the world. There are references to African culture, 472 pages.;
Tales of Yoruba Gods and Heroes
. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1973, The author provides a great deal of information about the history of the Yoruba clan. This book contains thirty-two myths, legends and folktales of the Yoruba people. The author has included a Pronunciation guide and glossary. 240 pages,
Ennis, Merlin, ed,
Umbundu: Folktale_s from Angola
. Massachusetts: Beacon Press, 1962, This book is very helpful because the tales are categorized according to their subjects. Some of the categories are tales about parents and children, tales about married life, and tales of community life. The tales are short, 312 pages.
Frazer, Sir James George.
The Golden Bough
. New York:X The Macmillan Company, 1960. This book is a very technical study of magic and religion in ancient cultures. Much information is given about the magic and religious rituals in Africa. 827 pages.
Myths of The Greeks and Romans
. New York: New American Library, 19620 This author traces each Greek and Roman myth in chronological order back to its ancient source. This 394 page book contains maps of the ancient world and photographs of Greek and Roman art.
Heusch, Luc de.
The Drunken King
. Indiana: The University of Indiana Press, 1982. This book is a comparative analysis of forty myths of the Bantu peoples of Central Africa. The author uses the Levi-Straussian method of myth analysis. 247 pages.
Innes, Mary M., ed.
The Metamorphoses of Ovid
. New York: Penguin Books, 1981. Ovid’s collection of Greek poems and myths about transformations of men and women turned into animals, of animals turned into stones and of chaos changed to harmony. 352 pages.
A History of Neo-African Literature
. New York: Faber and Faber and Grove Press, 1968. Neo-African literature is African literature produced after contact with Arabic and Western cultures. This book traces the spread of African literature to America and other countries inhabited by African slaves. 290 pages.
Custom and Myth
. New York: AMS Press, 1968. The author clarifies some of the anthropological interpretations of myths. There are a few references to African Mythology. 304 pages.
Leslau, Charlotte and Wolf, ed.
African Folk Tales
. New York: Peter Pauper Press, 1963. This book contains twenty-five tales from twenty different African countries. Short stories lend themselves to oral presentations. Illustrated, 62 pages.
New Haven Curriculum Committee.
The God Squad, Hassles of Heroes And All That Jive
. Connecticut: New Haven Department of Education. This pamphlet is an open-ended plug-in module containing a literary journey from the ancient to modern world. Chinese, Jewish, Norse and African myths are retold and there are suggestions for class writing assignments. A copy of this unit is available in the English Department at Hillhouse High School.
The Epic in Africa: Toward a Poetics of the Oral Performance
. New York: Columbia University Press, 1979. This book contains a great deal of information about African oral tradition and literature. The author compares the Iliad, Beowulf and other Greek myths to African epics. 270 pages,
Olson, Paul A., ed.
The Uses of Myth
, Illinois: The National Council of Teachers of English, 1968. This pamphlet contains seven position papers on the importance of myths in education. 57 pages.
African Literatures: An Introduction
. Massachusetts: Crossroads Press, 1979. This book provided the general reader with the facts about the development of African Literature. The first chapter on traditional oral art was very helpful in preparing this unit. This book can be found at Yale’s Cross Campus Library. 132 pages.
. London: The Hamlyn Publishing Group LTD, 1967. This book contains information about the myths of various African clans. Illustrates 139 pages,
Pyle, Katherine, ed.
Tales From Greek Mythology
. Pennsylvania: Lippincott Company, 1928. There are thirty-four Greek tales in this collection, 312 pages.
Radin, Paul, ed.
. New York: Schocken Books, 1983. This book contains eighty-one folktales from various African clans. Dr. Radin provides information of the African oral literature in his twenty page introduction, 321 pages.
Shelton, Austin J., ed.
The African Assertion: A Critical Anthology of African Literature
. New York: The Odyssey Press, 1968. This book is a critical anthology of African literature It contains much information about the oral tradition in Africa.
Slavin, Robert E.
Cooperative Learning: Student Teams
. Washington, D.C: NEA Professional Library, 1982. This pamphlet offers strategies for helping students work together in small groups to achieve a common goal, 28 pages.
Smith, Gary R., George G. Otero.
Teaching About Cultural Awareness.
Colorado: University of Denver Press, 1977. This book provides strategies for raising students’ consciousness about cultural differences. This book is available at the Yale New Haven Teacher’s Institute.
Improvisation for the Theater
. Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1977. A handbook of teaching and directing techniques with some suggestions on storytelling. 397 pages. This book is available at the Yale-New Haven Teacher’ Institute.
Developing Effective Classroom Groups
. New York: A & W Publishers, Inc., 1980. This book contains activities and games that help high school students develop the skills of working together as a mature, effective group. 279 pages,