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The Donkey: A Mirror of Self-Identification
The donkey: A mirror of self-identification
GuyPoitevin

Three examples of structural analysis and thematic interpretation of oral myths that incorporate the personage of the donkey as a significant ‘agent’ or ‘actant’ (Ricoeur 1971: 43) are submitted with the view to mainly project points of method. My conviction is that we cannot inconsiderately use, let alone abuse, at will any so–called ‘folk’ cultural form even for commendable cultural or development purposes. Reappropriation should not be manipulation or mere instrumental utilization, leave aside misuse, but fair reinterpretation grounded in a semantically safe reassessment. A fruitful and legitimate interaction of past and present cultures raises issues of methodological transparency, that is to say, proven procedures of validation.

It is with such questions relating to modes ...

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