Memory in Oral Traditions: The Cognitive Psychology of Epic, Ballads, and Counting-out Rhymes / Edition 1

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Overview

Long studied by anthropologists, historians, and linguists, oral traditions have provided a wealth of fascinating insights into unique cultural customs that span the history of humankind. In this groundbreaking work, cognitive psychologist David C. Rubin offers for the first time an accessible, comprehensive examination of what such traditions can tell us about the inner workings of human memory. Focusing in particular on their three major forms of organization - theme, imagery, and sound patternRubin proposes a model of recall, and uses it to uncover the mechanisms of memory that underlie genres such as epics, ballads, and counting-out rhymes. The book concludes with an engaging discussion of how conversions from speech to writing can predict how computer technologies will affect the conventions of future communication. Throughout, Rubin presents the results of important original research as well as new perspectives on classical subjects. Splendidly written and farsighted, Memory in Oral Traditions will be eagerly read by students and researchers in areas as diverse as cognitive psychology, literary studies, classics, folklore studies, and cultural anthropology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195120325
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 The Representation of Themes in Memory 15
3 Imagery 39
4 Sound 65
5 Combining Constraints 90
6 The Transmission of Oral Traditions 122
7 Basic Observations on Remembering 146
8 A Theory of Remembering for Oral Traditions 175
9 Epic and Formulaic Theory 194
10 Counting-out Rhymes 227
11 North Carolina Ballads 257
12 Discussion 299
13 Epilogue: A Note on the Future 308
References 329
Author Index 367
Subject Index 377
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