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Lyric, Meaning, and Audience in the Oral Tradition of Northern Europe

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"Thomas DuBois's new book demonstrates an extraordinary range of languages and cultural traditions and should appeal to a correspondingly broad readership. He writes, too, for Everyman—a skillful elucidator of lyric in the clothing of a theory-oriented folklorist. DuBois's schema for tracking the various forms of reception and how they govern 'meaning,' especially in perfo ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by University of Notre Dame Press
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Jason
Apr 14, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Folklorists, literary scholars, medievalists
Recommended to Jason by: Thomas DuBois
Oral-Formulaic theory has focused on epic poetry (Homer's epics, Beowulf, etc.) from its onset, often ignoring other genres of formalized oral communications. Lyrics do not relate a narrative; no plot drives the poem. Rather, the lyric directs the audience to descriptions, situations, characters and feelings. DuBois asks how are researchers to interpret a folk lyric poem when there is no narrative.

DuBois suggests that lyrics need to be interpreted in light of the cultural and aesthetic norms of
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