Who Says?: Essays on Pivotal Issues in Contemporary Storytelling

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In the last two decades, the storytelling movement has gained momentum, both as an educational tool and an entertainment form. But the revival is so young that there is no common vocabulary for discussing it. Contemporary storytelling has its roots in the oral and literary trditions. Performances are often judged according to the aesthetics of print, theater or music even television and film.

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Overview

In the last two decades, the storytelling movement has gained momentum, both as an educational tool and an entertainment form. But the revival is so young that there is no common vocabulary for discussing it. Contemporary storytelling has its roots in the oral and literary trditions. Performances are often judged according to the aesthetics of print, theater or music even television and film.

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As the art of storytelling enters its third decade of revival and gains in artistic respectability, more than "folk" have become interested in it. In this collection by writers, anthropologists, and folklorists as well as storytellers, the editors, both educators and storytellers themselves, intend to explore "the relationship between oral cultures and print cultures." The focus, however, is a bit fuzzy. Barre Toelken, for example, currently director of the Folklore Program at Utah State University, contributes an article entitled "The Icebergs of Folktale: Misconception, Misuse, Abuse," while writer/storyteller Joseph Bruchac discusses "The Continuing Circle: Native American Storytelling Past and Present." Despite uncertainty about the purpose, the essays are well written and, while not intended to give definitive answers, may help to establish a common vocabulary about storytelling and to widen the discussion among professionals in the field. Recommended for libraries with strong education and folklore collections.Katherine K. Koenig, Ellis Sch., Greensburg, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874834543
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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