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- DescriptionWho speaks? The author as producer, the contingency of the text, intertextuality, the device -core ideas of modern literary theory-were all pioneered in the shadow of oral literature. Authorless, loosely dated, and variable, oral texts have always posed a challenge to critical interpretation. When it began to be thought that culturally significant texts-starting with Homer and the Bible-had emerged from an oral tradition, assumptions on how to read these texts were greatly perturbed. Through readings that range from ancient Greece, Rome, and China to the Cold War imaginary, The Ethgraphy of Rhythm situates the study of oral traditions in the contentious space of nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinking about language, mind, and culture. It also demonstrates the role of techlogies in framing this category of poetic creation. By making possible a new understanding of Maussian techniques of the body as belonging to the domain of Derridean arche-writing, Haun Saussy shows how oral tradition is a means of inscription in its own right, rather than an antecedent made obsolete by the written word or other media and data-storage devices.
- Author BiographyHaun Saussy is University Professor at the University of Chicago.
- Author(s)Haun Saussy
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication01/03/2016
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Series TitleVerbal Arts: Studies in Poetics
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Note13 b/w illustrations
- Weight386 g
- Width152 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine20 mm
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