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Verbal Dueling in Heroic Narrative: The Homeric and Old English Traditions
by Ward Parks
This work is a rare cross-cultural study of one of the most universal dialogic genres: heroic flyting, or the verbal duel in which the heroes, prior to physical combat, make boastful claims that must be backed up through action in the arena of public contesting. Long recognized as an elemental behavioral paradigm in human consciousness, the contest has only recently emerge ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 13th 1990 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 1990)
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