The Singer of Tales in Performance

The Singer of Tales in Performance

by John Miles Foley, John M. Foley
     
 

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Both living oral traditions and texts with roots in oral tradition share a context in which the speaker performs for an audience, either real or implied. John Foley argues that the methods and strategies of traditional oral expression-of 'the singer of tales'-persist into the realm of texts. This study dissolves the perceived barrier between 'oral' and 'written',

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Both living oral traditions and texts with roots in oral tradition share a context in which the speaker performs for an audience, either real or implied. John Foley argues that the methods and strategies of traditional oral expression-of 'the singer of tales'-persist into the realm of texts. This study dissolves the perceived barrier between 'oral' and 'written', creating a composite theory from oral-formulaic theory and the ethnography of speaking and ethnopoetics. Foley highlights both the idiom of the oral work, which is at once traditional and individual, and the realm of performance, which gives 'the tale' its expressive force.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253209313
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Series:
Voices in Performanc Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

JOHN MILES FOLEY is William H. Byler Distinguished Professor of English and Classical Studies at the University of Missouri and director of the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition. He is author of The Theory of Oral Composition,
Traditional Oral Epic, and Immanent Art, and founding editor of the journal Oral Tradition.

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