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Between OT and IT

A visit with John Miles Foley, Professor, Departments of Classical Studies and English

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: English teaching Homer french literature

Introduction to Oral Tradition

Topics: epic poetry South-Slavic

The basic idea behind the study of oral traditions, explains John Miles Foley, is that we must approach them differently from how we approach written texts. Foley’s seminal book, How to Read an Oral Poem (2002), now translated into Chinese, offers a methodology for approaching oral tradition while paying attention to such crucial aspects as performance, audience, structure, and specialized language.