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Variation in oral narrative performance: A Pacific example

Helliwell, Christine J


As a result of the work of Parry and Lord, oral narrative style has often been explained in terms of the constraints imposed by oral methods of composition, with both the meanings of the narrative and the informal elements of performance tending to be overlooked. This paper explores oral narrative performance in the Bomeo Dayak community of Gerai to argue that meaning and informal performance elements can be key to narrative style. Two types of 'great' narrative are found in Gerai, and they...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Polynesian Society


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