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This collection brings together newly commissioned and cutting-edge essays on oral text and tradition ranging from the ancient and medieval world to the present day by a leading group of European and North American oral theorists. Using a range of materials including the Bible, Greek epic, Beowulf, Old Norse and Old English riddles, and medieval music, the contributors collectively work to refine, challenge, and further advance contemporary Oral Theory, an interdisciplinary school of thought heavily influenced by John Miles Foley, whose work provides the jumping-off point for this volume. The book includes a useful introduction to the history of oral theory and Foley’s ground-breaking and influential work.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List Of Illustration
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. List Of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Pathway(s) From Oral-Formulaic Theory To Contemporary Oral Theory
  2. Mark C. Amodio
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Introduction To The Individual Contributions
  2. Miranda Villesvik
  3. pp. 13-16
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  1. Orality And Literacy Revisited
  2. Gregory Nagy
  3. pp. 17-22
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  1. Preserving Traditions Of "Them"And The Creation Of "Us": Formulaic Language, Historiography, Mythology, And Self-definition
  2. Susan Niditch
  3. pp. 23-32
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  1. Beyond Books: The Confluence Of Influence Andthe Old English Judith
  2. Andy Orchard
  3. pp. 33-50
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  1. Embodying The Oral Tradition: Performance And Performative Poeticsin And Of Beowulf
  2. Mark C. Amodio
  3. pp. 51-64
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  1. Performing Anglo-Saxon Elegies: A Conversation
  2. Mark C. Amodio, Benjamin Bagby
  3. pp. 65-76
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  1. Notes On The Recordings Ofthree Anglo-saxon Elegies
  2. Benjamin Bagby
  3. pp. 77-78
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  1. Healing Charms In The Lincoln Thornton Manuscript
  2. Nancy Mason Bradbury
  3. pp. 79-94
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  1. Is The "Formula" The Key To Oral Composition?
  2. Edward R. Haymes
  3. pp. 95-106
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  1. The Formula: Morphology And Syntax
  2. Yuri Kleiner
  3. pp. 107-122
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  1. Old Norse Riddles And Other Verbal Contests In Performance
  2. Stephen Mitchell
  3. pp. 123-136
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  1. Performance Archaeology, Eiríksmál, Hákonarmál, And The Study Of Old Nordic Religions*
  2. Terry Gunnell
  3. pp. 137-154
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  1. “To Surf Through The Shared Riches Of The Story Hoard”: The oAgora Of The Sigurðr Story
  2. Thomas A. Dubois
  3. pp. 155-176
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  1. When A Hero Lies
  2. Joseph Falaky Nagy
  3. pp. 177-184
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  1. “The True Nature Of The Aoidos”: The Kirghiz Singer Of Tales And The Epic Of Manas
  2. Karl Reichl
  3. pp. 185-206
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  1. John Miles Foley: Open Mind, Open Access, Open Tradition, Open Foley
  2. Ruth Finnegan
  3. pp. 207-222
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  1. Master Bibliography
  2. pp. 223-246
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  1. Index Of Manuscripts Cited
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-254
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