The Singer of Tales in Performance

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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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780253209313
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • 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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Table of Contents

Preface
I Common Ground: Oral-Formulaic Theory and the Ethnography of Speaking 1
II Ways of Speaking, Ways of Meaning 29
III The Rhetorical Persistence of Traditional Forms 60
IV Spellbound: The Serbian Tradition of Magical Charms 99
V Continuities of Reception: The Homeric Hymn to Demeter 136
VI Indexed Translation: The Poet's Self-Interruption in the Old English Andreas 181
Conclusion 208
Bibliography 215
Index 229
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