Pens, Swords, And the Springs of Art: The Oral Poetry Dueling of Palestinian Weddings in the Galilee

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BRILL, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 378 pages
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Offering a detailed analysis of oral poetry dueling performed at traditional Palestinian weddings, this work is unique in addressing poetry dueling as a performative and compositional device, and exploring the complex linkages between this tradition and other genres of Arabic poetry.
It includes a study of poetry dueling in standard Arabic; a description of the historical and performance contexts of the Palestinian duels, as well as of poets and their training; an analysis of a single performance; and a re-interpretation of the nature verbal dueling generally.
Including a transcription and translation of an entire performance, the book considers the social efficacy of poetry dueling, its aesthetic nature, and its value as a compositional device within a larger system of poetic production.
 

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Contents

Memorizing alMutanabb֬ Poetry Dueling
21
The Making of a Tradition The History
58
Composition
101
The Exchange of Gifts
146
A Note on the Transcription Translation and Notations
179
Transcription of Άaflat Ibr֡h֬m alJab֡r֬n
185
Translation of Άaflat Ibr֡h֬m alJab֡r֬n
253
Arabic Texts
357
Bibliography
363
Index
371
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Nadia G. Yaqub is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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