Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Singers and Tales: Oral Tradition and the Roots of Literature (The Modern Scholar)” as Want to Read:
Singers and Tales: Oral Tradition and the Roots of Literature (The Modern Scholar)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Singers and Tales: Oral Tradition and the Roots of Literature (The Modern Scholar)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In this course, Professor Michael D. C. Drout traces literature back to its ultimate sources in oral tradition. Drout shows us how works as varied as the Odyssey, Beowulf, the Finnish Kalevala, and epic songs from the former Yugoslavia were shaped by their origins as songs sung - and composed - before a live audience. Understanding the oral roots of these great works lets ...more
Audible Audio
Published November 14th 2014 by Recorded Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Singers and Tales, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Singers and Tales

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.80  · 
Rating details
 ·  40 ratings  ·  7 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Lance Eaton
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of Drout's work. This is his 8th or so Modern Scholar production and he's just a joy to listen to. He's always excited and engaged with the course he is presenting and he has many different asides that make it feel like each lecture is a conversation. This lecture series brings a lot of insight into oral tradition, what we assume about it, what it really is, and how it is different from and informs the written tradition. What's great about Drout is that he covers a good range of l ...more
Jeffrey
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
One of Drout's weaker lecture series. Plenty of enthusiasm for the topic, but not much in the way of actual substance.
Dave
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Typical Michael Drout. Even though I wasn't overly interested in the subject matter to begin with, he made it interesting and educated me.
Travis
This was a really good lecture series. My main wish is that it were longer and included a course guide so there was something to more easily reflect on; though, yes, it is appropriate to have an entirely oral presentation given the topic.

I've actually studied quite a bit that was covered in this series before (Homer, Beowulf, the Kalevala), but this gave me new insight and appreciation on the topic of oral tradition and orally composed poetry. I think my prior experience with these topics was ti
...more
Tom
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I was just browsing the shelves at my local library when I found, “Singers and Tales: Oral Tradition and the Roots of Literature,” by Michael Drout. It just looked interesting and different enough to give it a try. It is part of the Modern Scholar series and consists of eight lectures.
Overall I enjoyed the lecture series. I was hoping for a little more detail and wanted the lectures to be longer. However, this is more of an intro, and the author does make several suggestions on where to go to l
...more
Phillip
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
Another enjoyable lecture series from Modern Scholars. Drout is engaging in a way that inspires the listener to do something.
Cary
Great lectures and the lecturer is enthusiastic, I just wish it had been longer. Oral tradition deserves more attention!
Irena
rated it it was amazing
Dec 30, 2018
Stacie
rated it it was amazing
Apr 15, 2015
Alix
rated it it was amazing
Sep 19, 2016
Stalker Royalstream
rated it liked it
Jan 28, 2019
Ellen
rated it it was amazing
Feb 06, 2015
Mark Szidik
rated it really liked it
Mar 26, 2015
Becky Graham
rated it really liked it
Apr 15, 2016
Soscha
rated it really liked it
Dec 16, 2015
David Nilsen
rated it liked it
Nov 07, 2018
Rei
rated it liked it
Mar 20, 2015
Dennis
rated it liked it
Sep 14, 2016
Caroline Soares
rated it really liked it
Nov 30, 2015
Dodi Kuswono
rated it it was amazing
Nov 18, 2015
Daniel Link
rated it it was amazing
Jul 07, 2017
Julie Davis
rated it really liked it
Sep 21, 2017
Alberto
rated it really liked it
Jan 03, 2018
Mary Pat
rated it really liked it
Jul 13, 2015
Miyu Mayfire
rated it really liked it
Dec 02, 2016
Adam
rated it really liked it
Mar 16, 2015
Jessie H
rated it liked it
Jan 15, 2015
Kenys
rated it liked it
Aug 23, 2017
Rich
rated it it was ok
Aug 12, 2018
Stacey
rated it it was amazing
Jan 23, 2015
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »