By Richard Bauman
Drawing on his paintings in Iceland, eire, Scotland, North the United States, Ghana, and Fiji, linguistic anthropologist and folklorist Richard Bauman provides a sequence of ethnographic case reviews that supply a glowing examine intertextuality as communicative perform.
- A interesting standpoint on intertextuality: the concept written and spoken texts communicate to each other, e.g. via style or allusions.
- Presents a sequence of ethnographic case reviews to demonstrate the topic.
- Draws on a vast variety of oral performances and literary documents from around the world.
- The author’s creation units a framework for the research of style, practice and intertextuality.
- Shows how performers mix genres, e.g., telling tales approximately riddles or legends approximately magical verses, or developing revenues pitches.
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Hence, it is scarcely surprising that these enigmatic forms are themselves generically ambiguous. , the ballad and the folktale, it is easy to handle. But as regards content, and very often form as well, it is at the same time so richly faceted and ambiguous that it easily lends itself to classification in any of several groups, a fact which is well known to everybody who has tried to find a certain riddle in the published collections. 2 In this chapter, I will explore some of the factors that give shape to this generic dialogue between narrative and riddle.
Like the intertextual linkages forged by the narrator of our kraftaskáld legend, the establishment of ties to other discourses by the writers of the sagas represents traditionalization in action, the active process of contextualizing the saga narratives in a socially constituted field of verbal production that endows them with traditional authority in a society that relied centrally on such authority in the conduct of social life. The source references are stylistic devices in the service of rendering the saga accounts in which they are employed socially authoritative.
Sherzer 1979). Ultimately, the exploration of how such generic blendings are accomplished in performance will highlight a creative dimension of human verbal expression that has tended to be obscured by established notions of genre, revealing more closely how people use verbal art in the conduct of their social lives. Now this illumination of the problem of genre is but one of the outcomes of an examination of this text in terms of the contextualization of discourse by other discourse. Beyond the contextualization of the verse by the story, the other task accomplished by the narrator is the outward contextualization of his story by situating it in a lineage of other tellings or commentaries.
A World of Others' Words: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Intertextuality by Richard Bauman