Traditional Oral Epic

Traditional Oral Epic

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John Miles Foley offers an innovative and straightforward approach to the structural analysis of oral and oral-derived traditional texts. Professor Foley argues that to give the vast and complex body of oral qliteratureq its due, we must first come to terms with the endemic heterogeneity of traditional oral epics, with their individual histories, genres, and documents, as well as both the synchronic and diachronic aspects of their poetics. Until now, the emphasis in studies of oral traditional works has been placed on addressing the correspondences among traditionsa€”shared structures of qformula, q qtheme, q and qstory-pattern.q Traditional Oral Epic explores the incongruencies among traditions and focuses on the qualities specific to certain oral and oral-derived works. It is certain to inspire further research in this field.The alt;iagt;Odysseyalt;/iagt;, alt;iagt;Beowulfalt;/iagt;, and the Serbo-Croation Return Song John Miles Foley ... Traditional features of formula, theme, and so forth abound, and the heroic magnitude of the epic depends intimately upon their resonance.

Title:Traditional Oral Epic
Author: John Miles Foley
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 1991-01-01

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