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An astonishingly rich oral epic that chronicles the early history of a Bedouin tribe, the Sirat Bani Hilal has been performed for almost a thousand years. In this ethnography of a contemporary community of professional poet-singers, Dwight F. Reynolds reveals how the epic tradition continues to provide a context for social interaction and commentary. Reynolds’s account is based on performances in the northern Egyptian village in which he studied as an apprentice to a master epic-singer. Reynolds explains in detail the narrative structure of the Sirat Bani Hilal as well as the tradition of epic singing. He sees both living epic poets and fictional epic heroes as figures engaged in an ongoing dialogue with audiences concerning such vital issues as ethnicity, religious orientation, codes of behavior, gender roles, and social hierarchies.

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  1. Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Notes on Transcription and Transliteration
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction: The Tradition
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part One: The Ethnography of a Poetic Tradition
  1. 1. The Village
  2. pp. 23-47
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  1. 2. Poets Inside and Outside the Epic
  2. pp. 48-101
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  1. 3 . The Economy of Poetic Style
  2. pp. 102-136
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  1. Part Two: Textual and Performance Strategies in the Sahra
  1. 4. The Interplay of Genres
  2. pp. 139-176
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  1. 5 . The Sahra a s Social Interaction
  2. pp. 177-206
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  1. Conclusion: Epic Text and Context
  2. pp. 207-212
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  1. Appendix: Texts in Transliteration
  2. pp. 213-226
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 227-238
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-246
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501723223
Related ISBN
9781501723230
MARC Record
OCLC
1046050690
Pages
128
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-06
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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