Or Words to That Effect

Orality and the writing of literary history

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| Queen's University
| University of Toronto
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This volume raises questions about why oral celebrations of language receive so little attention in published literary histories when they are simultaneously recognized as fundamental to our understanding of literature. It aims to prompt debate regarding the transformations needed for literary historians to provide a more balanced and fuller appreciation of what we call literature, one that acknowledges the interdependence of oral storytelling and written expression, whether in print, pictorial, or digital form. Rather than offering a summary of current theories or prescribing solutions, this volume brings together distinguished scholars, conventional literary historians, and oral performer-practitioners from regions as diverse as South Africa, the Canadian Arctic, the Roma communities of Eastern Europe and the music industry of the American West in a conversation that engages the reader directly with the problems that they have encountered and the questions that they have explored in their work with orality and with literary history.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Daniel F. Chamberlain and J. Edward Chamberlin
1–2
Preliminaries
J. Edward Chamberlin
3–32
Section I. Taking Up the Issues
Histories of Literature and the Question of Comparative Oral Literary History
Daniel F. Chamberlain
33–46
Levelling the Orality-Literacy Playing Field: Marcel Jousse’s Laboratory of Awareness and the Oral-Literary Continuum
Edgard Sienaert
47–62
Modes of Discourse, Modes of Rationality
David R. Olson
63–72
Performing Writing and Singing Silence in the Anglo-Saxon Riddle Tradition
Andy Orchard
73–91
Section II. Listening Performances
In The Storyteller’s House
Dan Yashinsky
93–106
The Game of the Little Secrets or How to Learn (and to Teach) Mechanisms of Orality
Paloma Díaz-Mas
107–114
Significant Spaces Between: Making Room for Silence
Daniel Heath Justice
115–125
The Story of Story and a Canon of Story
Stuart McHardy
126–134
Made for You and Me: Treaties with First Nations and the Settlement of Canada
Michael Asch
135–147
Section III. Stories of Storytelling
“Oral” in Literary History: The Case of Southern African Literatures
Michael Chapman
149–161
Making Space for the Spoken Word
Keavy Martin
162–171
Orality in Basque Literary Historiography
Jon Kortazar
172–181
The Ladder Holds Up the World Above
Lee Haring
182–193
Oral and Written Šukar Laviben of the Roma: The Beginning of a Romani Literary Historiography
Beate Eder-Jordan
194–205
Section IV. Communities in Comparative Encounters
Guaman Poma and His Traces: A Colonial Proposal to the Academic Debate Regarding Orality and Writing
Roberto Viereck Salinas
207–216
The Study of the Elements of Literary History of the Khoekhoe and ǂKhomani Languages of Southern Africa
Levi Namaseb
217–242
The Stream of ǂKhomani Stories
Neil Ten Kortenaar
243–255
The Puzzle of Voice: Oral Poetry and Literary Studies
Frederico Augusto Garcia Fernandes
256–269
Talking Technologies: Digital Poetry Meets Orality
María Teresa Vilariño Picos
270–279
References
281–308
List of Contributors
309–312
Index
313–317
“This is a formidable book which manages a broad range, sustains a high scholarly standard, and maintains a lucid ethical focus: a rare trifecta.”
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Subjects

Linguistics

Writing and literacy

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT006000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2015037912