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The Ethnography of Rhythm

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The Ethnography of Rhythm

Haun Saussy

“Who speaks?” Core ideas of modern literary theory—the author as producer, the contingency of the text, intertextuality, the “device”—were pioneered in the reflection on oral literature. Authorless, loosely dated, and variable, oral texts have always posed a challenge to interpretation. When it began to be thought that culturally significant texts—starting with Homer and the Bible—had emerged from an oral tradition, their understanding was  ... Read more


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