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Singers and Tales: Oral Tradition and the Roots of Literature

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Michael D.C Drout

Narrated By: Michael D.C Drout

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: September 2014

Duration: 4 hours 40 minutes

Summary:

In this course, Professor Michael D. C. Drout traces literature back to its ultimate sources in oral tradition. Drout shows us how works as varied as the Odyssey , Beowulf, the Finnish Kalevala, and epic songs from the former Yugoslavia were shaped by their origins as songs sung—and composed—before a live audience. Understanding the oral roots of these great works lets us see them in a whole new light. From classical texts to contemporary digital media, Drout demonstrates how the dynamics of oral tradition shape the verbal art that makes us who we are.

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Singers and Tales: Oral Tradition and the Roots of Literature

by Michael D.C Drout

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Singers and Tales: Oral Tradition and the Roots of Literature, Michael D.C Drout