The Spoken Word and the Work of Interpretation

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983 - Social Science - 365 pages
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Dennis Tedlock presents startling new methods for transcribing, translating, and interpreting oral performance that carry wide implications for all areas of the spoken arts. Moreover, he reveals how the categories and concepts of poetics and hermeneutics based in Western literary traditions cannot be carried over in their entirety to the spoken arts of other cultures but require extensive reevaluation.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
HERMENEUTICS
17
Guide to Reading Aloud
20
TRANSCRIPTION AND TRANSLATION
31
Recorder
124
POETICS
159
The Spoken Word and the Work of Interpretation in American Indian
233
Trace and Voice Among the Quiche Maya
247
Word Name Epithet Sign and Book in Quiche Epistemology
272
TOWARD DIALOGUE
285
The Story of How a Story Was Made
302
Reading the Popol Vuh over the shoulder of a diviner and finding
312
The Analogical Tradition and the Emergence of a Dialogical
321
When Mountains Shine
339
Bibliography
345
Index
357

A Hermeneutical Approach
261

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