Comparative Research on Oral Traditions: A Memorial for Milman Parry

John Foley


Dedication     5

Acknowledgement     10

 Preface by Albert Bates Lord     11

 Introduction (John Miles Foley)     15



Franz H. Bauml

 "The Theory of Oral-Formulaic Composition and the Written Medieval Text"     29

Daniel P. Biebuyck

 "Names in Nyanga Society and in Nyanga Tales     47

John W. Butcher

 "Formulaic Invention in the Genealogies of the Old English Genesis A"     73

David E. Bynum

"Of Stick and Stones and Hapax Legomena Themata"     93

Martin Camargo

"Oral Traditional Structure in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"

Robert P. Creed

 "Beowulf on the Brink: Information Theory as Key to the Origins of the Poem"     139

Ruth H. Firestone

 "On the Similarity of Biterolf und Dietleib and Dietrich und Wenezlan"     161

John Miles Foley

"Reading the Oral Traditional Text: Aesthetics of Creation and Response"     185

Donald K. Fry

"The Cliff of Death in Old English Poetry"     213

Edward R. Haymes

"'ez wart ein buoch funden': Oral and Written in Middle High German Heroic Epic"    235

Constance B. Hieatt

"On Envelope Patterns (Ancient Greek and -Relatively- Modern) and Nonce Formulas"     245

Edward B. Irving Jr.

"What to Do with Old Kings"     259

 Elaine Lawless

"Tradition and Poetics: The Folk Sermons of Women Preachers"     269

 Albert Bates Lord

"The Nature of Oral Poetry"     313

D. Gary Miller

 Towards a New Model of Formulaic Compostion"    351

 Stephen A. Mitchell

"The Sagaman and Oral Literature: The Icelandic Traditions of Hjorleifr inn kvensami and Geirmundr heljarskinn"     395

 Michale N. Nagler

"On Almost Killing Your Friends: Some Thoughts on Violence in Early Cultures"     425

Joseph Falaky Nagy

"The Sign of the Outlaw: Multiformity in Fenian Narrative"     465

 Alexandra Hennessey Olsen

"Literary Artistry and the Oral-Formulaic Tradition: The Case of Gower's Appolinus of Tyre     493

Ward Parks

"Orality and Poetics: Synchrony, Diachrony, and the Axes of Narrative Transmission"     511

Alain Renoir

 "Repetition, Oral-Formulaic Style, and Affective Impact in Mediaeval Poetry: A Tentative Illustration"     533

Joseph A. Russo

 "Oral Style as Performance Style in Homer's Odyssey: Should We Read Homer Differently after Parry?"     549

Geoffrey R. Russom

 "Verse Translations and the Question of Literacy in Beowulf

Ruth H. Webber

"Ballad Openings in the Eropean Balad"     581