A World of Others' Words: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Intertextuality / Edition 1

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Drawing on a broad range of oral performances and literary records from Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, North America, Ghana, and Fiji, linguistic anthropologist and folklorist Richard Bauman presents a series of ethnographic case studies that offer an innovative and illuminating look at intertextuality as communicative practice. Bauman uses his introduction to lay a framework for the analysis of genre, performance, and intertextuality as discursive accomplishments. He goes on to examine the ways that performers blend genres and then explores how they manage intertextual links or gaps by aligning texts in discursive practice. Finally, Bauman draws together these threads and turns his insights to a critical consideration of ethnographic practice itself, bringing into reflexive awareness the ways that ethnography positions us in a world of others' words.
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“Richard Bauman, one of the world’s foremost scholars of folkloric texts and performances, is here at the peak of his career. From street cries in a Mexican market to Icelandic folktales, from practical jokes in rural Texas to the yarns of Nova Scotia fishermen, this book takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the words through which people make meaning out of life.” Greg Urban, University of Pennsylvania

“In a set of empirically rich, evocative essays, Bauman continues his masterly explorations at the border of linguistic anthropology, literary theory, and the study of oral poetics. Together, these chapters provide an exemplary theoretical perspective on genre and the cultural implications of performance.” Susan Gal, University of Chicago

“Richard Bauman has given us a wonderful book, which draws on his wide-ranging experience in many places and cultures, on his expertise in both oral discourse and written texts, and on his erudite knowledge in many academic disciplines---linguistic anthropology, folklore, and literary criticism.” Joel Sherzer, University of Texas, Austin

"A fresh take on folklore studies and a valuable addition to the corpus of writing on linguistic anthropology. The writer balances attention to detail with the ability to present arguments elegantly and clearly." Social Anthropology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405116046
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Bauman is Distinguished Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Communication and Culture, and Anthropology, and Director of the Folklore Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. His books include Verbal Art as Performance (1977), Let Your Words Be Few (1983), Story, Performance, and Event (1986), and Voices of Modernity (with Charles L. Briggs, 2003).
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : genre, performance, and the production of intertextuality 1
2 "And the verse is thus" : Icelandic stories about magical poems 15
3 "I'll give you three guesses" : the dynamics of genre in the riddle tale 34
4 "What shall we give you?" : calibrations of genre in a Mexican market 58
5 "Bell, you get the spotted pup" : first person narratives of a Texas storyteller 82
6 "That I can't tell you" : negotiating performance with a Nova Scotia fisherman 109
7 "Go, my reciter, recite my words" : mediation, tradition, authority 128
8 Epilogue 159
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