The Theory of Oral Composition

The Theory of Oral Composition : History and Methodology

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... excellent book... " -The Classical Outlook

... brief and readable... There is good tonic in these pages for the serious student of oral tradition... a remarkable book." -Asian Folklore Studies

The bibliography is a boon for students and faculty at any level who are curious about the nature, composition, and performance of oral poetry." -Choice

... concise, evolutionary account... " -Religious Studies Review

As ever, Professor Foley's conscientious scholarship and sound judgements combine to make a further substantial contribution to the field." -E. C. Hawkesworth, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, The Slavonic Review

Foley is probably the only scholar who is in a position even to suggest the extent of what we should know to work in this area." -Speculum

Foley's survey stands as a fitting tribute to the achievements of Parry and Lord and as a sure guide to future productive work in the field." -Journal of American Folklore

... detailed and informative study... We are fortunate that John Foley chose to write this book."-Motif

... Theory of Oral Composition... detailed account written in an elegant style which could serve equally as a textbook for college and graduate students and as a reference tool for scholars already in the field." -Olifant

As an `introductory history,' The Theory of Oral Composition accomplishes its purpose admirably. It has the capacity to arouse interest on the part of the uninitiated." -Anthropologica

Presents the first history of the new field of oral-formulaic theory, which arose from the pioneering research of Milman Parry and Albert Lord on the Homeric poems.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 152.1 x 234.4 x 14.2mm | 298.59g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253204658
  • 9780253204653
  • 949,548

Table of contents

Foreword by Alan Dundes

I. Philology, Anthropology, and the Homeric Question
II. Milman Parry: From Homeric Text to Homeric Oral Tradition
III. Albert Lord: Comparative Oral Traditions
IV. The Making of a Discipline
V. Recent and Future Directions

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