The singer of tales

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Harvard University Press, 1960 - Literary Criticism - 307 pages
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This 40th anniversary edition of Albert LordŐs classic work includes a unique enhancement: a CD containing the original audio recordings of all the passages of heroic songs quoted in the book; a video publication of the kinescopic filming of the most valued of the singers; and selected photographs taken during Milman ParryŐs collecting trips in the Balkans. Parry began recording and studying a live tradition of oral narrative poetry in order to find an answer to the age-old Homeric Question: How had the author of the Iliad and Odyssey composed these two monumental epic poems at the very start of EuropeŐs literary tradition? ParryŐs, and with him LordŐs, enduring contribution--set forth in LordŐs The Singer of Tales--was to demonstrate the process by which oral poets compose. Now reissued with a new Introduction and an invaluable audio and visual record, this widely influential book is newly enriched to better serve everyone interested in the art and craft of oral literature.

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Fascinating book requiring careful reading. Shows how 'authorship' and composition before blank paper are recent and relative modes of creation whereas for thousands of years ( or more?) some humans ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter One INTRODUCTION
3
PERFORMANCE AND TRAINING
13
Chapter Three THE FORMULA
30
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