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The Theory of Oral Composition: History and Methodology (Folkloristics)

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Publisher Comments:

"... excellent book... " --The Classical Outlook

"... brief and readable... There is good tonic in these pages for the serious student of oral tradition... a remarkable book." --Asian Folklore Studies

"The bibliography is a boon for students and faculty at any level who are curious about the nature, composition, and performance of oral poetry." --Choice

"... concise, evolutionary account... " --Religious Studies Review

"As ever, Professor Foley's conscientious scholarship and sound judgements combine to make a further substantial contribution to the field." --E. C. Hawkesworth, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, The Slavonic Review

"Foley is probably the only scholar who is in a position even to suggest the extent of what we should know to work in this area." --Speculum

"Foley's survey stands as a fitting tribute to the achievements of Parry and Lord and as a sure guide to future productive work in the field." --Journal of American Folklore

"... detailed and informative study... We are fortunate that John Foley chose to write this book."

Synopsis:

The Theory of Oral Composition presents a history of the field of oral-formulaic theory. Foley examines the roots of the theory in 19th-century philology and anthropology, documents the contributions of Milman Parry and Albert Lord, measures the effects of Lord's comparative extensions through the impact of The Singer of Tales, and considers important other contributions.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Alan Dundes

Preface

I. Philology, Anthropology, and the Homeric Question

II. Milman Parry: From Homeric Text to Homeric Oral Tradition

III. Albert Lord: Comparative Oral Traditions

IV. The Making of a Discipline

V. Recent and Future Directions

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253204653
Author:
Foley, John Miles
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
General
Subject:
Oral history
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Semiotics; Folklore and Myth; Language; Linguistics; Theory
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Folkloristics
Series Volume:
no. 194
Publication Date:
19880631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
188
Dimensions:
9.23 x 5.99 x 0.56 in

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"Synopsis" by , The Theory of Oral Composition presents a history of the field of oral-formulaic theory. Foley examines the roots of the theory in 19th-century philology and anthropology, documents the contributions of Milman Parry and Albert Lord, measures the effects of Lord's comparative extensions through the impact of The Singer of Tales, and considers important other contributions.
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