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The Ethnography of Rhythm$
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Haun Saussy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270460

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270460.001.0001

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Poetry Without Poems or Poets

Poetry Without Poems or Poets

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The Ethnography of Rhythm

Haun Saussy

Fordham University Press

Jean Paulhan’s description of “hain-teny,” a form of poetic joust carried out with proverbs by the Merinas of Madagascar, stimulated ethnographers and literary theorists of the early twentieth century to elaborate models of a modular, iterable style of folk poetic composition. As Paulhan’s account of this folk genre was taken up by Granet, Jousse, Parry, Jakobson, Bogatyrev and others, the specificity of oral literature began to emerge.

Keywords:   anonymity, folk literature, folklore, modularity, poetics, poetry

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