Oral Art Forms and their Passage into Writing available in Hardcover
What happens when oral texts are removed from their original medium and written down? This collection examines the complex interrelationship between the oral and the written and the problems of textualisation. Taking their point of departure in the theories of orality and literalisation as well as the preserved texts and their transmission the individual contributors, experts from the fields of Old Norse, Old English, Latin and Homeric studies as well as from later Serbian and Norwegian folklore, set out to explore the commonalities and differences in the process of literalisation.
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About the Author
Else Mundal is Professor of Old Norse Literature at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Bergen. Jonas Wellendorf is Postdoctoral Researcher in Old Norse Literature at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Bergen.
Table of Contents
From Tradition to Literature in the Sagas
Theodore M. Andersson
Orality Harnessed: How to Read Written Sagas from an Oral Culture?
On the Possibility of an Oral Background for Gísla saga Súrssonar
The Oral-Formulaic Theory Revisited
Minna Skafte Jensen
From Vernacular Interviews to Latin Prose (ca. 600-1200)
Lars Boje Mortensen
Orality and Literacy in Medieval East Central Europe: Final Prolegomena
Oral and Written Art Forms in Serbian Medieval Literature
Ealdgesegena worn: What is the Old English Beowulf Tells Us about Oral Forms
Graham D. Caie
The Scandinavian Medieval Ballad: From Oral Tradition to Written Texts and Back Again
Apocalypse Now? The Draumkvæde and Visionary Literature
The Eddic Form and Its Contexts: An Oral Art Form Performed in Writing
Bernt Øyvind Thorvaldsen
What Have We Lost by Writing? Cognitive Archaisms in Skaldic Poetry
The Dialogue between Audience and Text: The Variants in Verse Citations in Njáls saga’s Manuscripts
Mixing oratio recta and oratio obliqua: A Sign of Literacy or Orality?
Oral or Scribal Variation in Voluspá: A Case Study in Old Norse Poetry