The Theory of Oral Composition: History and Methodology

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Indiana University Press, 1988 - History - 170 pages
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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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Contents

Philology Anthropology and the Homeric
1
From Homeric Text to
19
Comparative Oral Traditions
36
The Making of a Discipline
57
Recent and Future Directions
94
notes
113
bibliography
130
INDEX
164
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John Miles Foley is William H. Byler Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, University of Missouri, and founding editor of "Oral Tradition".

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