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Author Reynolds, Dwight Fletcher, 1956-

Title Heroic poets, poetic heroes : the ethnography of performance in an Arabic oral epic tradition / Dwight Fletcher Reynolds
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995


Description 1 online resource (267 pages)
Series Myth and poetics
Myth and poetics.
Contents Introduction : the tradition -- pt. 1. The ethnography of a poetic tradition -- 1. The village -- 2. Poets inside and outside the epic -- 3 . The economy of poetic style -- pt. 2: Textual and performance strategies in the sahra -- 4. The interplay of genres -- 5 . The sahra a s social interaction -- Conclusion: epic text and context -- Appendix. Texts in Transliteration
Summary An astonishingly rich oral epic that chronicles the early history of a Bedouin tribe, the Sirat Bani Hilal has been performed for almost a thousand years. In this ethnography of a contemporary community of professional poet-singers, Dwight F. Reynolds reveals how the epic tradition continues to provide a context for social interaction and commentary. Reynolds's account is based on performances in the northern Egyptian village in which he studied as an apprentice to a master epic-singer. Reynolds explains in detail the narrative structure of the Sirat Bani Hilal as well as the tradition of epic singing. He sees both living epic poets and fictional epic heroes as figures engaged in an ongoing dialogue with audiences concerning such vital issues as ethnicity, religious orientation, codes of behavior, gender roles, and social hierarchies
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SUBJECT Sīrat Banī Hilāl.
Sīrat Banī Hilāl fast
Subject Ethnology -- Egypt.
Epic poetry, Arabic -- Egypt -- History and criticism
Folklore -- Performance -- Egypt
Oral tradition -- Egypt
Rites and ceremonies -- Egypt
Epic poetry, Arabic
Folklore -- Performance
Manners and customs
Oral tradition
Rites and ceremonies
Egypt -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781501723223