The Powers of Genre describes a method for interpreting oral literature that depends upon and facilitates dialogue between insiders and outsiders to a tradition. Seitel illustrates this method with LiveLy examples from Haya proverbs, folktales, and heroic verse. He then focuses on a single epic ballad to demonstrate, among other things, why stanzas need not rhyme, and how significance needs time in oral poetry and narrative. Making a controversial claim that an heroic age, similar to that of Ancient Greek, I existed in Sub-Saharan Africa, this work will intrigue anyone who works in oral literature and narrative.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Series:||Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics Series , #22|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Lexile:||1280L (what's this?)|