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Oral Art Forms and their Passage into Writing

when oral texts are removed from their original medium and written down? The present collection examines the complex relationship between the oral and the written and the problems of textualization. Taking their point of departure in the theories of orality and literalization as well as the preserved texts and their transmission, the individual contributors, experts from the fields of Old Norse, Old English, Latin and Homeric studies as well as from later Serbian and Norwegian folklore, explore the commonalities and differences in the process of literalization within the medieval world as well as in recent times.

242 pages | © 2008

Medieval Studies


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Table of Contents

Introduction
      Else Mundal

From Tradition to Literature in the Sagas
      Theodore M. Andersson
Orality Harnessed: How to Read Written Sagas from an Oral Culture?
      Gísli Sigurdsson
On the Possibility of an Oral Background for Gísla saga Súrssonar
      Tommy Danielsson
The Oral-Formulaic Theory Revisited
      Minna Skafte Jensen
From Vernacular Interviews to Latin Prose (ca. 600–1200)
      Lars Boje Mortensen
Orality and Literacy in Medieval East Central Europe: Final Prolegomena
      Anna Adamska
Oral and Written Art Forms in Serbian Medieval Literature
      Sonja Petrovic
Ealdgesegena worn: What is the Old English Beowulf Tells Us about Oral Forms
      Graham D. Caie
The Scandinavian Medieval Ballad: From Oral Tradition to Written Texts and Back Again
      Olav Solberg
Apocalypse Now? The Draumkvæde and Visionary Literature
      Jonas Wellendorf
The Eddic Form and Its Contexts: An Oral Art Form Performed in Writing
      Bernt Øyvind Thorvaldsen
What Have We Lost by Writing? Cognitive Archaisms in Skaldic Poetry
      Bergsveinn Birgisson
The Dialogue between Audience and Text: The Variants in Verse Citations in Njáls saga’s Manuscripts
      Gudrún Nordal
Mixing oratio recta and oratio obliqua: A Sign of Literacy or Orality?
      Ljubiša Rajic
Oral or Scribal Variation in Voluspá: A Case Study in Old Norse Poetry
      Else Mundal

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