A World of Others' Words: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Intertextuality
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1 Introduction: Genre, Performance, and the Production of Intertextuality 1
2 “And the Verse is Thus”: Icelandic Stories About Magical Poems 15
3 “I’ll Give You Three Guesses”: The Dynamics of Genre in the Riddle Tale 34
4 “What Shall We Give You?”: Calibrations of Genre in a Mexican Market 58
5 “Bell, You Get the Spotted Pup”: First Person Narratives of a Texas Storyteller 82
6 “That I Can’t Tell You”: Negotiating Performance with a Nova Scotia Fisherman 109
7 “Go, My Reciter, Recite My Words”: Mediation, Tradition, Authority 128
8 Epilogue 159
“In a set of empirically rich, evocative essays, Bauman continues his masterly explorations at the border of linguistic anthropology, literary theory, and the study of oral poetics. Together, these chapters provide an exemplary theoretical perspective on genre and the cultural implications of performance.” Susan Gal, University of Chicago
“Richard Bauman has given us a wonderful book, which draws on his wide-ranging experience in many places and cultures, on his expertise in both oral discourse and written texts, and on his erudite knowledge in many academic disciplines---linguistic anthropology, folklore, and literary criticism.” Joel Sherzer, University of Texas, Austin
"A fresh take on folklore studies and a valuable addition to the corpus of writing on linguistic anthropology. The writer balances attention to detail with the ability to present arguments elegantly and clearly." Social Anthropology
- A fascinating perspective on intertextuality: the idea that written and spoken texts speak to one another, e.g. through genre or allusions.
- Presents a series of ethnographic case studies to illustrate the topic.
- Draws on a broad range of oral performances and literary records from across the world.
- The author’s introduction sets a framework for the analysis of genre, performance and intertextuality.
- Shows how performers blend genres, e.g., telling stories about riddles or legends about magical verses, or constructing sales pitches.