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Oral Poetry Its Nature, Significance and Social Context

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ISBN-10: 0253207088

ISBN-13: 9780253207081

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ruth H. Finnegan

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This classic study is an introduction to Òoral poetry,Ó a broad subject which Ruth Finnegan interprets as ranging from American folksongs, Eskimo lyrics, and modern popular songs to medieval oral literature, the heroic poems of Homer, and recent epic compositions in Asia and the Pacific. The book employs a wide comparative perspective, to consider oral poetry from Africa, Asia, and Oceania as well as Europe and America. The results of FinneganÕs vast research suggest fresh approaches to many current controversies: the nature of oral tradition and oral composition; the notion of a special oral style; possible connections between types of poetry and types of society; the differences between oral and written communication; and the role of poets in nonliterature societies. The reissue of this text, widely used in folklore, anthropology, and comparative literature courses, comes at an appropriate juncture in interdisciplinary scholarship, which is witnessing the breakdown of traditional disciplinary boundaries and an increase in the comparative study of oral poetry. Finnegan provides a new foreword relating the text to these recent developments.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 4/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 287
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface to the Midland Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Some Approaches to the Study of Oral Poetry
Style and Performance
Transmission, Distribution and Publication
Poets and Their Positions
Audience, Context and Function
Poetry and Society
Concluding Comment