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Master Poets, Ritual Masters: The Art of Oral Composition Among the Rotenese of Eastern Indonesia

Fox, James


This volume is a study in oral formulaic composition. It takes its lead from one of the great classics of oral composition, Albert Lord's The Singer of Tales (1960). Like Lord's study, this study is a study of oral formulae, but it seeks to define the notion of the formula in other contexts. An oral formula in this study consists of 'a group of words which is regularly employed under the conditions of struct parallelism to express a given essential idea'. This study looks at simple formulae...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2016
Type: Book
DOI: 10.22459/MPRM.04.2016
Access Rights: Open Access


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