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The Art of the Turkish Tale
     

The Art of the Turkish Tale

by Barbara K. Walker, Helen Siegl (Illustrator), Talat Sait Halman (Foreword by)
 

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"A most significant yet unsung contribution within the field of Turkish studies over the past quarter of a century has been the work of Barbara K. Walker in collecting, preserving, and sharing Turkish oral narratives with an English-speaking audience. …The Art of the Turkish Tale, sets a new direction in Walker's work, one that will be received by folklore

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"A most significant yet unsung contribution within the field of Turkish studies over the past quarter of a century has been the work of Barbara K. Walker in collecting, preserving, and sharing Turkish oral narratives with an English-speaking audience. …The Art of the Turkish Tale, sets a new direction in Walker's work, one that will be received by folklore specialists and folktale fans alike.Sarah Moment Atis,Chair, Middle East Studies Program,University of Wisconsin-MadisonPresident, Turkish Studies AssociationThis collection should be read, first and foremost, for its inherent pleasure. Like all literary arts, the art of the tale's primarily a genre of joy. Traditional stories, modern storytelling, and the Walker versions cohere in giving us the pleasure of real life and imaginary events. These stories are full of delight. Although many of them go back several centuries, some perhaps more than a millennium, they sound fresh, almost contemporary. They should be savored for their optimism, because virtually every tale resolves a dilemma or saves the good person from a terrible plight. No wonder most of the tales culminate in the celebratory couplet:They have had their wish fulfilled; Let's go up to their bedstead.

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Library Journal
These 80 tales complement and supplement the 50 in Walker's first volume (Texas Tech Univ. Pr., 1990). Recorded in situ over the past 30 years from tellers of all ages and stations, they range in length from a few lines to 20 pages and cover a wide variety of forms: legends, fables, humor, fairy tales (with both European and Arabian Nights parallels), and variants or additions to biblical, Homeric, Sumerian, and other sources. Some oral history and religious tales rectify omissions in Volume 1. Guides to pronunciation and the Turkish terms that liberally flavor the text are appended, and an informative foreword and introduction point to areas for future scholarship. Combining the familiar and universal with the exotic and culturally specific, these readable tales should please general readers as well as scholars.-- Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Extension, Seattle
Booknews
Very readable translations of 80 narratives collected by Walker from oral sources in Turkey, 1961-89, and now part of the Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative at Texas Tech University. Among the stories are versions of familiar European folktales, and of tales recounted in the Arabian Nights and other Arabic collections. Includes a guide to the pronunciation of Turkish names and a glossary of ideas (rather than terms) that might be unfamiliar to lay readers. Nicely illustrated with block prints by Helen Siegl. Of interest to teachers and storytellers as well as to folklorists and area specialists. Indexed only by title. The 1993 paper edition of volume one (316-X) is $17.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896722286
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1990
Series:
Ministry of Culture Publications Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
7.35(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.99(d)

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Talat Sait Halman, Turkey's former Minister of Culture, then Ambassador for Cultural Affairs; now Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, New York University.

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