Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights, or One Thousand and One Nights, whichever title one calls it by, has a long and complicated history which I shall not go into here (I would need a whole series of posts to do the subject justice) except to mention the one thing all versions and retellings have in …

On Tricksters: Ananse and Kanchil

A trickster is just what a storymaker needs: a character who makes things happen. – “Author’s Note”, Ananse’s Feast: An Ashanti Tale, retold by Tololwa M. Mollel and illustrated by Andrew Glass. The line separating folklore and fairytales is blurry at best, with most people understanding fairytales as a kind of “subgenre” …