Oral Epics of Central Asia by Nora K. ChadwickOral Epics of Central Asia by Nora K. Chadwick

Oral Epics of Central Asia

byNora K. Chadwick

Paperback | June 3, 2010

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Originally published in 1969, this book consists of a revised version of Dr Chadwick's section on the oral literature of the Turkic peoples in The Growth of Literature with supplementary material on the results of research in the Soviet Union by Professor Victor Zhirmunsky. This literature is of the greatest interest and variety, and not excessively 'strange' to readers of European oral literature. It was produced by nomadic peoples with well-developed traditions of narrative heroic poetry. Dr Chadwick paraphrases and analyses the more important epics; and Professor Zhirmunsky adds a study on epic songs and their singers on the processes of oral transmission. This is a fascinating study that will be of particular interest to scholars of comparative literature and of the origins of literature generally; but it should also be read by anthropologists and scholars of folklore.
Title:Oral Epics of Central AsiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.83 inPublished:June 3, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521148286

ISBN - 13:9780521148283

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Publisher's note; Part I. The Epic Poetry of the Turkic Peoples of Central Asia: 1. Introduction Nora K. Chadwick; 2. Heroic poetry and saga Nora K. Chadwick; 3. The heroic milieu: individualism in the heroic poems Nora K. Chadwick; 4. Non-heroic poetry and saga Nora K. Chadwick; 5. Historical and unhistorical elements in heroic poetry and saga Nora K. Chadwick; 6. Poetry and saga relating to gods and spirits, and mantic poetry Nora K. Chadwick; 7. Antiquarian poetry and saga. Gnomic and descriptive literature. Poetry and saga relating to unspecified individuals Nora K. Chadwick; 8. The texts Nora K. Chadwick; 9. Recitation and composition Nora K. Chadwick; 10. The shaman Nora K. Chadwick; Part II. Epic Songs and Singers in Central Asia: 1. A bibliographical survey Victor Zhirmunsky; 2. The epic tales Victor Zhirmunsky; 3. The singers of tales Victor Zhirmunsky; Bibliographical references; Index.