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The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and its Imaginary Contexts

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ISBN: 9782821876354 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Social Sciences
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This is the first book to combine contemporary debates in ballad studies with the insights of modern textual scholarship. Just like canonical literature and music, the ballad should not be seen as a uniquely authentic item inextricably tied to a documented source, but rather as an unstable structure subject to the vagaries of production, reception, and editing. Among the matters addressed are topics central to the subject, including ballad origins, oral and printed transmission, sound and writing, agency and editing, and textual and melodic indeterminacy and instability. While drawing on the time-honoured materials of ballad studies, the book offers a theoretical framework for the discipline to complement the largely ethnographic approach that has dominated in recent decades. Primarily directed at the community of ballad and folk song scholars, the book will be of interest to researchers in several adjacent fields, including folklore, oral literature, ethnomusicology, and textual scholarship.

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folklore --- literature --- music --- ballad

Storytelling in Northern Zambia : Theory, Method, Practice and Other Necessary Fictions

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ISBN: 9782821854130 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Social Sciences
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Storytelling plays an important part in the vibrant cultural life of Zambia and in many other communities across Africa. This innovative book provides a collection and analysis of oral narrative traditions as practiced by five Bembaspeaking ethnic groups in Zambia. The integration of newly digitalised audio and video recordings into the text enables the reader to encounter the storytellers themselves and hear their narratives. Robert Cancel's thorough critical interpretation, combined with these newly digitalised audio and video materials, makes Storytelling in Northern Zambia a much needed addition to the slender corpus of African folklore studies that deal with storytelling performance. Cancel threads his way between the complex demands of African fieldwork studies, folklore theory, narrative modes, reflexive description and simple documentation and succeeds in bringing to the reader a set of performers and their performances that are vivid, varied and instructive. He illustrates this living narrative tradition with a wide range of examples, and highlights the social status of narrators and the complex local identities that are at play. Cancel's study tells us not only about storytelling but sheds light on the study of oral literatures throughout Africa and beyond. Its innovative format, meanwhile, explores new directions in the integration of primary source material into scholarly texts.

Tellings and Texts : Music, Literature and Performance in North India

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ISBN: 9782821876163 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Examining materials from early modern and contemporary North India and Pakistan, Tellings and Texts brings together seventeen first-rate papers on the relations between written and oral texts, their performance, and the musical traditions these performances have entailed. The contributions from some of the best scholars in the field cover a wide range of literary genres and social and cultural contexts across the region. By doing so this book sheds light into theoretical issues of more general significance, such as textual versus oral norms; the features of oral performance and improvisation; the role of the text in performance; the aesthetics and social dimension of performance; the significance of space in performance history and important considerations on repertoires of music, literature and dramatization. Tellings and Texts is essential reading for anyone with an interest in South Asian culture and, more generally, in the theory and practice of oral literature, performance and storytelling.

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India --- oral tradition --- folklore --- storytelling

Chapter: 'News from the Invisible World: The Publishing History of Tales of the Supernatural c.1660–1832' from book: Cultures of Witchcraft in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present (Book chapter)

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Book Series: Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic ISBN: 9783319637839 9783319637846 Year: Pages: 34 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63784-6_9 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject: Religion
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This chapter explores the transmission of tales of the supernatural during the very long eighteenth century (between c.1660 and c.1832). A genre of publications on this subject which have not been studied are those anthologies of supposedly true stories, usually relating to named people and places and sometimes dated, often each numbered separately, with relatively little discussion of their authenticity or significance, beyond perhaps a brief preface defending the reality of the world of spirits. A series of entrepreneurial publishers, mostly operating from Paternoster Row in London, experimented with anthologising these stories in varied combinations. Any attempt to analyse the stories must begin by unravelling the publishing history by which they were transmitted and (not fully studied here) modified and retold, as well as re-interpreted.

Die Folklore Südosteuropas

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ISBN: 9783205203124 Year: Pages: 490 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/oapen_611242 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 281
Subject: Social Sciences
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This comparative investigation is focused on the comparison of contents, themes, topics, motives, but also symbolism, stereotype situations, patterns of behavior etc. of sung and narrated oral text in South-east Europe. Great importance was given to bibliography, usually difficult to compile in a time-consuming process; a separate part at the end of the volume is dedicated to a bibliographie résonée, arranged according to countries and genres; this will facilitate further and more specific research in special fields of interest. This book offers for the first time a comparative survey of nearly all genres of the traditional oral folklore of Southeast Europe, independent from language, ethnic grouping, national boarders, religion and confessions; in this way the high degree of homogenity of the highly developed traditional oral culture in the historical Balkans is documented as well as the high numbers of variants and versions and the superb literary quality of these orally transmitted lingual manifestations, in some cases equal to the written literature of the region.

How to Read a Folktale : The Ibonia Epic from Madagascar

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ISBN: 9782821854109 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Social Sciences
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How to Read a FoIktale offers the first English translation of Ibonia, a spellbinding tale of old Madagascar. Much of its plot sounds familiar: a powerful royal hero attempts to rescue his betrothed from an evil adversary and, after a séries of tests and duels, he and his lover are joyfully united with a marriage that affirms the royal lineage. These fairytale elements link Ibonia with European folktales, but the taie is still very much a product of Madagascar. It contains African-style praise poetry for the hero; it presents Indonesian-style riddles and poems; and it inflates the form of folktale into epic proportions. Recorded when the Malagasy people were experiencing European contact for the first time, Ibonia proclaims the power of the ancestors against the foreigner. Through Ibonia, Lee Haring expertly helps readers to understand the very nature of folktales. His définitive translation, originally published in 1994, has now been fully revised to emphasize its poetic qualities, while his new introduction and detailed notes give insight into the fascinating imagination and symbols of the Malagasy. Haring's research connects this exotic narrative with fundamental questions not only of anthropology but also of literary criticism.

Georg Mayer zum 60. Geburtstag

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Book Series: Sagners Slavistische Sammlung ISBN: 9783876904894 Year: Pages: 451 DOI: 10.3726/b12751 Language: German
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Eine Festgabe wie die vorliegende, dem Jubilar zum 60. Geburtstag gewidmete Schrift, spiegelt wohl immer auch ein Wechselspiel von Anregung und Reaktion, Korrespondenz und Bezugnahme wider. So lässt auch diese Festschrift in ihrer methodischen Anordnung und thematischen Breite Rückschlüsse auf den wissenschaftlichen Werdegang des Jubilars sowie seine Interessen und Arbeitsschwerpunkte zu.

Die Chodentrilogie Jindřich Šimon Baars

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Book Series: Slavistische Beitraege ISBN: 9783876904542 Year: Pages: 287 DOI: 10.3726/b12240 Language: German
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Den Gegenstand vorliegender Untersuchung stellt die Prosa J.Š. Baars, konkret dann die "Chodentrilogie" ("Chodská trilogie" ) und ihre Beziehung zur Folklore wie auch zum literarhistorischen Kontext dar. Das heißt, daß in dieser Arbeit auch die wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Prozesse um die Jahrhundertwende berücksichtigt werden, die für die zeitgenössische Entwicklung der literarischen Werke nicht ohne Bedeutung sind.

Storytelling in Northern Zambia: Theory, Method, Practice and Other Necessary Fictions

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Book Series: World Oral Literature Series ISSN: 20507933 2054362X ISBN: 9781909254602 Year: Pages: 293 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0033 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Ethnology
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Storytelling plays an important part in the vibrant cultural life of Zambia and in many other communities across Africa. This innovative book provides a collection and analysis of oral narrative traditions as practiced by five Bemba-speaking ethnic groups in Zambia. The integration of newly digitalised audio and video recordings into the text enables the reader to encounter the storytellers themselves and hear their narratives as they were recounted during Robert Cancel’s research trips to Zambia.Robert Cancel's thorough critical interpretation, combined with these newly digitalised audio and video materials, makes Storytelling in Northern Zambia a much needed addition to the slender corpus of African folklore studies that deal with storytelling performance. Cancel threads his way between the complex demands of African fieldwork studies, folklore theory, narrative modes, reflexive description and simple documentation and succeeds in bringing to the reader a set of performers and their performances that are vivid, varied and instructive. He illustrates this living narrative tradition with a wide range of examples, and highlights the social status of narrators and the complex local identities that are at play.Cancel’s innovative study tells us not only about storytelling but sheds light on the study of oral literatures throughout Africa and beyond. Its innovative format, meanwhile, explores new directions in the integration of primary source material into scholarly texts.

How to Read a Folktale: The 'Ibonia' Epic from Madagascar

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Book Series: World Oral Literature Series ISSN: 20507933 2054362X ISBN: 9781909254060 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 163 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0034 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Ethnology
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How to Read a Folktale offers the first English translation of Ibonia, a spellbinding tale of old Madagascar. Ibonia is a folktale on epic scale. Much of its plot sounds familiar: a powerful royal hero attempts to rescue his betrothed from an evil adversary and, after a series of tests and duels, he and his lover are joyfully united with a marriage that affirms the royal lineage. These fairytale elements link Ibonia with European folktales, but the tale is still very much a product of Madagascar. It contains African-style praise poetry for the hero; it presents Indonesian-style riddles and poems; and it inflates the form of folktale into epic proportions. Recorded when the Malagasy people were experiencing European contact for the first time, Ibonia proclaims the power of the ancestors against the foreigner.Through Ibonia, Lee Haring expertly helps readers to understand the very nature of folktales. His definitive translation, originally published in 1994, has now been fully revised to emphasize its poetic qualities, while his new introduction and detailed notes give insight into the fascinating imagination and symbols of the Malagasy. Haring’s research connects this exotic narrative with fundamental questions not only of anthropology but also of literary criticism.

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