Albanian and South Slavic Oral Epic Poetry

Albanian and South Slavic Oral Epic Poetry

Albanian and South Slavic Oral Epic Poetry

Albanian and South Slavic Oral Epic Poetry

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Very little has been written about Albanian oral epic poetry and still less about its relationship with the heroic songs of the South Slavs. The present study deals with both. Presented in 1951 as a Ph. D. dissertation at the Department of Slavic Languages of Columbia University, it has subsequently been revised.

To many scholars go my high appreciation and thanks: to Professors Ernest J. Simmons, Gojko RužIc+̆ić, and Karl Menges--all three members of the doctoral committee -- for the care with which they read the manuscript and for their very helpful advice; to Professor Albert B. Lord of Harvard University for his kindness in making available to me some of the volumes in the Parry collection; to Professor Alois Schmaus of the Slavic Department, University of Munich (Germany), for his valuable comments and his encouragement; to Professor Roman Jakobson of Harvard University for all his efforts to secure the publication of the study, supported by Professor Philip E. Mosely of Columbia University, to whom I am indebted in various ways.

But the present study would not have seen the light had I not had the generous assistance of several American cultural bodies: the American Council of Learned Societies granted me fellowships for Balkan Studies at Columbia University for three years in succession; the Mid-European Studies Center permitted me, while engaged in one of its research projects, to spend part of my time in writing the dissertation; the Committee for the Promotion of Advanced Slavic Cultural Studies and the American Folklore Society joined hands in financing the publication of the study. To all these organizations I want to express my warm thanks.

Stavro Skendi . . .

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