A Companion to Ancient Epic by John Miles Foley PDF

By John Miles Foley

ISBN-10: 1405188383

ISBN-13: 9781405188388

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And as with any such anthropological explorations, the knowledge thereby gained only counts when taken further, as a means of fostering human communication. To put it negatively, we should not define ‘‘genre’’ or ‘‘epic’’ simply as an ideal Platonic form for static contemplation. Definitions need to be dynamic aids to learning and social integration. Modern handbooks of literary terms, in defining ‘‘epic,’’ inevitably mention features of content, such as a cosmic scale; a serious purpose; a setting in the distant past; the presence of heroic and supernatural characters; and plots pivoting on wars or quests.

One such, the Maninka jeli, recites the epic at high speed, accompanying himself on a small four-string instrument. Epic as Genre 17 Joyce Flueckiger’s research in northern and central India shows not only that ‘‘epic’’ can be done in widely different styles, but that even the same long, heroic narrative, like the Dhola-Maru tradition, sung in communities a few hundred miles apart, qualifies as ‘‘epic’’ in one but not the other (1999). Community self-identification, caste ambitions, and local religious cult all determine whether a people views the epic as its own defining narrative.

Thos and epos: Martin 1989. semantics of mu shamanism: Dodds 1951. 3 ‘‘Epic’’ cross-culturally African traditions: Stone 1988; Belcher 1999. Egyptian epic: Slyomovics 1987; Reynolds 1995, 1999. epic and myth: Dume´zil 1968, 1971, 1973. genres of discourse: Martin 1984; Todorov 1990. genres within epic: Martin 1984, 1989; Davidson 1998a. Indic performance: Flueckiger 1989, 1999. Irish bardic poetry: Bergin 1970. Mwindo epic of Nyanga: Biebuyck and Mateene 1969. relationship between lyric and epic traditions: Nagy 1990c.

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