More Tales Alive in Turkey

More Tales Alive in Turkey

More Tales Alive in Turkey

More Tales Alive in Turkey

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Like its predecessor, Tales Alive in Turkey, this volume comprises living oral narratives. They are alive in that they were collected during the last thirty years, and they will continue to live because they were recorded in Turkey on magnetic tapes, almost all of which have been preserved in the Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative at Texas Tech University, where they are available to listeners. Regardless of the convenience of Turkish transcriptions and English translations, the original taped performances constitute the primary texts.

Tales Alive in Turkey and More Tales Alive in Turkey are meant to provide a representative selection of the various forms of Turkish oral narrative. All of the stories in Tales Alive were collected between 1961 and 1964 at sites predominantly in western Turkey; only 10 percent came from locations east of Ankara. A majority of the selections in More Tales Alive date from the 1970s and 1980s, with a third of their number taped in eastern provinces. So rich is the oral tradition in Turkey that there has been little overlapping in the two volumes, which should be viewed as a set rather than as two separate works.

Tales Alive was structured in accordance with the seven main divisions of the Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative: tales of the supernatural, perplexities and ingenious deductions, humorous tales, moralistic tales, heroic and amatory romances, anticlerical tales, and anecdotes. More Tales Alive is organized along thematic lines rather than by substantive categories. As a result, the tales of some parts of Tales Alive (such as V and VI) have no counterparts in More Tales Alive. The material in other parts (VII, for example) may have . . .

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