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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 greatly perturbed. This book retraces the history of the hypothesis of oral composition, focusing particularly on the period when ethnographic collection of ... More

Keywords: embodiment, Homer, literacy, media, memory, orality, theory of literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823270460
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823270460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Haun Saussy, author
University of Chicago