Black Short Fiction and Folklore brings together
6,200 short stories and
more than 80,000 pages from works of short fiction produced by writers from
Africa and the African Diaspora from the earliest times to the present.
The materials have been compiled from early literary magazines,
archives, and the personal collections of the authors. Some 30 percent
of the collection is fugitive or ephemeral, or has never been published
before. The project unifies an astounding variety of traditions
ranging from early African oral traditions to today’s hip-hop. It covers
fables, parables, ballads, folk-tales, short story cycles, and
novellas—all the writings included will have fewer than 10,000 words
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