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Singing the Past: Turkic and Medieval Heroic Poetry (Myth and Poetics) 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0801437366
ISBN-10: 0801437369
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"He is not out to identify the authentic and strip away the spurious. He understands that such categories have at least as much to do with the interpretive desires of their proponents as they do with the texts they set out to study. The performative element is central to Reichl's ways of reading, as one would expect of someone who has heard and recorded so many such events across Central Asia. . . . It gives us a larger world for reading heroic poetry, and for that we should be grateful."―Nicholas Howe, Speculum, July 2004

"Karl Reichl's brilliant work with little-known modern Turkic oral literatures casts unexpected light on more familiar works of medieval literature (such as Beowulf) while western texts and concepts (such as genre) provide a context for facilitating appreciation of the more exotic products of his remarkable fieldwork."―Joseph Harris, Harvard University

"Karl Reichl studies oral and oral-derived narrative from a uniquely productive vantage point, combining his own fieldwork and recording of Central Asian oral epic with his deep knowledge of western European vernacular literature in the Middle Ages. The result is an intriguing look at a living oral poetics and a fresh, informed reconstruction of the verbal arts of the early medieval period."―John Miles Foley, Center for Studies in Oral Tradition, University of Missouri

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