Classics@14: Reichl

The Singing of Tales: The Role of Music in the Performance of Oral Epics in Turkey and Central Asia Karl Reichl When Albert Lord published his ground-breaking study of South Slavic oral epic poetry in 1960, he entitled his book The Singer of Tales: the singer of tales, not the… Read more

Classics@14: Neziri and Scaldaferri

From the Archive to the Field: New Research on Albanian Epic Songs Zymer U. Neziri and Nicola Scaldaferri [1] This essay aims primarily to point out some new directions in research on Albanian epic song. Starting from archival materials and the issues they raise for… Read more

Classics@14: Bonifazi and Elmer

Visuality in Bosniac and Homeric Epic Anna Bonifazi, University of Stuttgart and University of Heidelberg David F. Elmer, Harvard University 1. Introduction Homeric poetry is an intensely visual art, as numerous studies have shown. [1] This intense visuality is a feature that Homeric poetry shares… Read more

Classics@15: A Concise Inventory of Greek Etymology

Classics@ 15: A Concise Inventory of Greek Etymologies Edited by Olga Levaniouk Foreword A concise inventory of Greek etymologies (CIGE) is an ongoing publication that will be expanded and revised as time goes on. This project’s goal is to provide access to etymologies that are important for the study of… Read more

Classics@14: Beissinger

Spiritual Kinship, Incest, and Traditional Weddings: Honor, Shame, and Cultural Boundaries in Romanian Marriage Songs Margaret H. Beissinger A young groom-to-be, along with a celebratory band of Romani (Gypsy) musicians and a throng of wedding guests, arrives after a lengthy journey at the faraway residence of his soon-to-be bride, eager… Read more

Classics@14: Létoublon

The Trojan Formulaic Theater* Françoise Létoublon, Université Stendhal – Grenoble The formulaic phrases referring to Troy in the Iliad have not received enough attention until now: Milman Parry emphasized the epithets for heroes, but was not as confident in regard to epithets for objects and… Read more

Classics@14: Tarkka

The Field of Song and the Four-Legged Horse: On the Dialogue of Genres in Kalevala-Meter Poetry Lotte Tarkka In 1922 Houro Karppo, a refugee from Viena Karelia, performed a set of yoiks and laments for the Finnish ethnomusicologist Armas Väisänen. The performance was interrupted by a mistake. In her defense,… Read more

Classics@14: Lindahl

The Poetics of Immanence in the American Mountain Märchen Carl Lindahl Most who pause to commemorate the first half-century of The Singer of Tales will remember, vividly, how they first made its acquaintance. Fifty years since The Singer of Tales marks forty-four since I was introduced to Albert Lord, from… Read more

Classics@14: Levaniouk

The Dreams of Barčin and Penelope [1] Olga Levaniouk Richard Martin has observed that “what experimentation is to science, comparison should be to philology—a way to test hypotheses and produce new ones that account for more data, more economically.” [2]… Read more

Classics@14: Singers and Tales in the 21st Century

Classics@14: Singers and Tales in the 21st Century; The Legacies of Milman Parry and Albert Lord Papers Ronelle Alexander, University of California, Berkeley, “Tracking the South Slavic Epic Register.” Margaret H. Beissinger, Princeton University, “Spiritual Kinship, Incest, and Traditional Weddings: Honor, Shame, and Cultural Boundaries in Romanian Marriage… Read more