Drawing on his extensive fieldwork in living oral traditions and on the theoretical writings of Milman Parry, Albert Bates Lord here concentrates on the singers and their art as manifested in texts or performance. In thirteen essays, he explores questions of composition, transmission, and interpretation, and he raises important comparative issues. Individual chapters discuss aspects of the Homeric poems, Slavic epics from the oral tradition, the songs of Avdo Metedovic, Beowulf and other Anglo-Saxon poetry, the medieval Greek Digenis Akritas, the Finnish Kalevala, and oral epics from Bulgaria.
Epic Singers and Oral Tradition
Cornell University Press
Myth and Poetics
Education & Reference