Narratives in Society: A Performer-Centered Study of Narration (Folklore Fellows Communications 255)

By: Dégh, Linda

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What distinguishes folklorists from representatives of related disciplines who do similar things – go to the field, collect intentional data and subject them to rigorous analysis and interpretation – for diverse disciplinary purposes? Folklorists are unique in their study of folklore for its own sake, as the folk creates, adapts, recreates stories, songs, dances and proverbs. The folklorist observes personal creativity as individuals shape traditional materials, assisted by a critical audience and sanctioned by a tradition-minded community.The twenty essays in this book, divided into four sections, represent the author’s ideas, theories and methodological approaches to folk narrative. The first makes the case for narrator-orientation as field-ethnography-based humanistic approach; the second introduces the narrator’s personality and Weltanschauung as key to his/her motivation and art; the third discusses the intricacies and dynamics of story-transmissions and dissemination; and the fourth presents case studies that illustrate Linda Dégh’s method of analysis of narrative performance. She focuses on individual creators of variants that link up in processes of narrative development leading to dissemination, and the formation of types and subtypes. She shows how much more this method can reveal of the nature of folklore. Printed Pages: 401.

Title: Narratives in Society: A Performer-Centered Study of Narration (Folklore Fellows Communications 255)

Author Name: Dégh, Linda

Categories: India, Sociology,

Publisher: Helsinki, Finland, Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia (Academia Scientiarum Fennica)/Bookstore Tiedekirja: 1995

ISBN: 9514107470

ISBN 13: 9789514107474

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 113891

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