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By Richard Bauman

Drawing on his paintings in Iceland, eire, Scotland, North the US, Ghana, and Fiji, linguistic anthropologist and folklorist Richard Bauman provides a sequence of ethnographic case stories that provide a glowing examine intertextuality as communicative perform.

  • A interesting point of view on intertextuality: the concept written and spoken texts converse to each other, e.g. via style or allusions.
  • Presents a sequence of ethnographic case reviews to demonstrate the topic.
  • Draws on a extensive diversity of oral performances and literary files from around the world.
  • The author’s creation units a framework for the research of style, practice and intertextuality.
  • Shows how performers mix genres, e.g., telling tales approximately riddles or legends approximately magical verses, or developing revenues pitches.

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Contextualization, Genre, and Tradition This recounting of the legend of Páll the Poet, then, emerges from our examination as a structure of multiply embedded acts of contextualization in which talk is oriented to other talk: Páll’s verse, Gudrún’s story, Mr. NorQmann’s father’s story, the interpretive talk of those who commented on the story, and Mr. NorQmann’s own recounting of it to the folklorist. I have intended in my examination of the text to suggest how an analysis of the management of these contextualizations may illuminate certain other foundational concepts beyond context itself, specifically genre and tradition.

Like the intertextual linkages forged by the narrator of our kraftaskáld legend, the establishment of ties to other discourses by the writers of the sagas represents traditionalization in action, the active process of contextualizing the saga narratives in a socially constituted field of verbal production that endows them with traditional authority in a society that relied centrally on such authority in the conduct of social life. The source references are stylistic devices in the service of rendering the saga accounts in which they are employed socially authoritative.

Folklorist Christine Goldberg has inventoried a broad range of folk and literary narratives about riddling that extend geographically from Iceland to India and historically from classical antiquity to the present (Goldberg 1993; see also Dundas 2002). Critics have propounded a variety of theories concerning the narrative and dramatic efficacy of riddles in structural and functional terms: riddles as symbolic means of bringing unrelated terms into relation, or, conversely, as a means of highlighting ambiguity; riddles as useful devices for framing the agonistic dynamics of contests or tasks; and so on.

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