Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Oral Art Forms and Their Passage into Writing

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Oral Art Forms and Their Passage into Writing

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Oral Art Forms and their Passage into Writing, ed. Else Mundal and Jonas Wellendorf (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2008). vi + 242 pp. ISBN 978-87-635-05048. Kr 298.00. A collection of fifteen essays based on papers offered at a conference organized by the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Bergen. The volume addresses from a range of perspectives and across a range of languages the tricky issue of the relation of oral art forms to written records: questions are raised as to how far we may ever know earlier, oral art forms; how much performance may have differed from text to text, and from one performance from another; and how different genres employed oral art forms. Minna Skafte Jensen places oral-formulaic theory in light of present-day Indian and Egyptian traditions. Theodore M. Andersson, Gisli Sigurðsson, and Tommy Danielsson discuss different aspects of saga literature. …

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