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Author Reynolds, Dwight Fletcher, 1956-

Title Heroic poets, poetic heroes : the ethnography of performance in an Arabic oral epic tradition / Dwight Fletcher Reynolds.

Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995.


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Description 1 online resource (267 pages)
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Series Myth and poetics
Myth and poetics.
Note Print version record.
Contents Introduction : the tradition -- pt. 1. The ethnography of a poetic tradition -- 1. The village -- 2. Poets inside and outside the epic -- 3 . The economy of poetic style -- pt. 2: Textual and performance strategies in the sahra -- 4. The interplay of genres -- 5 . The sahra a s social interaction -- Conclusion: epic text and context -- Appendix. Texts in Transliteration.
Summary An astonishingly rich oral epic that chronicles the early history of a Bedouin tribe, the Sirat Bani Hilal has been performed for almost a thousand years. In this ethnography of a contemporary community of professional poet-singers, Dwight F. Reynolds reveals how the epic tradition continues to provide a context for social interaction and commentary. Reynolds's account is based on performances in the northern Egyptian village in which he studied as an apprentice to a master epic-singer. Reynolds explains in detail the narrative structure of the Sirat Bani Hilal as well as the tradition of epic singing. He sees both living epic poets and fictional epic heroes as figures engaged in an ongoing dialogue with audiences concerning such vital issues as ethnicity, religious orientation, codes of behavior, gender roles, and social hierarchies.
Subject Srat Ban Hill.
Srat Ban Hill. (OCoLC)fst01358612
Ethnology -- Egypt.
Epic poetry, Arabic -- Egypt -- History and criticism.
Folklore -- Performance -- Egypt.
Oral tradition -- Egypt.
Rites and ceremonies -- Egypt.
Egypt -- Social life and customs.
Ethnologie -- Égypte.
Folklore -- Interprétation -- Égypte.
Tradition orale -- Égypte.
Rites et cérémonies -- Égypte.
Égypte -- Mœurs et coutumes.
Epic poetry, Arabic. (OCoLC)fst00913817
Ethnology. (OCoLC)fst00916106
Folklore -- Performance. (OCoLC)fst00930332
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Oral tradition. (OCoLC)fst01047117
Rites and ceremonies. (OCoLC)fst01098216
Egypt. (OCoLC)fst01208755
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: Reynolds, Dwight F. Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes : The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2018 9781501723230
ISBN 9781501723223 (electronic bk.)
1501723227 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. GBVCP 1018223398

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