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Marie-Clémence Adom,, is a PhD candidate, a lecturer, and research fellow in the French Department at the University of Cocody, Côte d'Ivoire. Her research fields include urban poetry from Côte d'Ivoire and elsewhere in which she surveys the convergence of urban literary phenomena and their respective and joint contribution to a global literary scene. Her current PhD research focuses on "Des formes de la nouvelles poésie ivoirienne, essai du théorisation du Zouglou" [New Forms of the New Ivorian Poetry, An Attempt at Zouglou Theory]. She has published "Slam et Zouglou: prolégomènes à une étude comparée des poésies urbaines de Côte-d'Ivoire et d'ailleurs" [Slam and Zouglou: prolegomena to a comparative study on urban poetries from Côte d'Ivoire and elsewhere] in En Quête nº 21, 2010.

Antoinette Tidjani Alou, tidjanialoua@yahoo.fri, is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey (NIGER). She is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the African Studies Center of the University of Florida at Gainesville. She has published various papers in French, Francophone, and Oral literature, and is also the author of several translations in socio-anthropology and literature. Her research focuses on myth and identity construction in literature and culture. She translated Anthropology and Development by J.P. Olivier de Sardan (2005) and The Black Diaspora of the Americas: Out of the Caribbean by Christine Chivallon (2010); edited a special issue of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde on Niger: Emerging Literature and Modern Orature: Voicing Identities (2005); and was a contributing editor/translator of Women Writing Africa (2005). She is the current President of ISOLA.

Ursula Baumgardt,, is Professor of African Literature and Orality, National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations (INALCO) and Mixed Research Unit (UMR). She is a member of the CNRS Research Unit, Langage, Langues et Cultures d'Afrique Noire (LLACAN). An important part of her field research on Fulani literature in Northern Cameroon is the repository of sixty tales of a female story teller: Le répertoire d'une conteuse peule. Goggo Addi de Garoua (Cameroun). She co-edited Littératures orales africaines. Perspectives théoriques et méthodologiques with Jean Derive. Her LLACAN research on oral literature, specifically on "Expression of space in African Languages," was published in 2010 in Journal des Africanistes. Otherness in Oral Literature of Africa will be edited in 2012. [End Page 191]

Anne-Marie Dauphin-Tinturier,, is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de l'Enseignement Technique in physical and chemistry sciences. She has collected and analyzed a large corpus of tales in the Bemba-speaking region of Zambia, and took a particular interest in girls' initiation for her PhD in human sciences. For the last ten years, she has participated in research projects of LLACAN (Langage, Langues et Cultures d'Afrique Noire), a Laboratory of CNRS, [the French National Centre for Scientific Research], and has been a member of the Board of ISOLA since 1998. She has written a number of scholarly papers on the analyses of tales in 1983 and 2001; girls' initiation rites in 1993, 2001, and 2003; AIDS and oral literature in 2001, 2003, and 2005; and on Hypertexts in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

Jean Derive,, is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, University of Savoie/LLACAN (Langage, Langues et Cultures en Afrique Noire). He specializes in orality, specifically in Mande languages and cultures (West Africa). His publications on oral literature since 2002 include L'Epopée, unité et diversité d'un genre (2002), Cuire la parole. L'art du verbe dans l'oralité africaine (2011), Oralité africaine et creation (2005 + CD-ROM), co-edited with Anne-Marie Dauphin, and Littératures orales africaines. Perspectives théoriques et méthologiques (2008) with Ursula Baumgardt.

Lee Haring,, is Professor Emeritus of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He has conducted folklore fieldwork in Kenya, Madagascar (as Fulbright Senior Lecturer), and Mauritius (as Fulbright researcher). His book Stars and Keys: Folktales and Creolization in the Indian...


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