Prosimetrum: Crosscultural Perspectives on Narrative in Prose and Verse

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Joseph Harris, Karl Reichl
Boydell & Brewer, Jan 1, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 436 pages
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In virtually all the literary traditions of the world there are works of verbal art that depend for part of their effect on the juxtaposition of prose and verse. This volume takes the first step towards a comparative study of prosimetrum', the mixture of prose and verse, with essays by leading linguists and literary scholars of a selection of prosimetrical traditions. The nature of what constitutes verse or prose is one underlying question addressed. An outline of historical developments emerges, especially for Europe and the Near East, with articles on classical, medieval and nineteenth-century literatures. Oriental prosimetrical literatures discussed include that of Vedic India and the old literary cultures of China and Japan; also represented are oral and oral-derived folk literatures of recent centuries in Africa, the West, and Inner Asia.(This volume takes the first step towards a comparative study of prosimetrum', the mixture of prose and verse, in a wide range of literarycultures. An outline of historical developments emerges, especially for Europe and the Near East, with articles on classical, medieval and nineteenth-century literatures. Oriental prosimetrical literatures discussed include that of Vedic India and the old literary cultures of China and Japan; also represented are oral and oral-derived folk literatures of recent centuries in Africa, the West, and Inner Asia.) Professor KARL REICHLteaches in the English Department at the University of Bonn; Professor JOSEPH HARRIS teaches in the English Department at Harvard University. Contributors: KRISTIN HANSON, PAUL KIPARSKY, JAN ZIOLKOWSKI, ARDIS BUTTERFIELD, PROINSIAS Mac CANA, JOSEPH HARRIS, JUDITH RYAN, W.F.H. NICOLAISEN, LEE HARING, STEVEN WEITZMAN, WOLFHART HEINRICHS, DWIGHT REYNOLDS, JULIE SCOTT MEISAMI, KARL REICHL, WALTHER HEISSIG
  

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Contents

The Nature of Verse and its Consequences for the Mixed Form
17
The Prosimetrum in the Classical Tradition
45
Aucassin et Nicolette and Mixed Forms in Medieval French
67
Prosimetrum in Insular Celtic Literature
99
The Prosimetrum of Icelandic Saga and Some Relatives
131
Hybrid Forms in German Romanticism
165
The Cante Fable in Occidental Folk Narrative
183
The African Challenge
213
Prosimetrical Genres in Classical Arabic Literature
249
Prosimetrum in Nineteenth and TwentiethCentury Arabic Literature
277
Mixed Prose and Verse in Medieval Persian Literature
295
The Mixture of Verse and Prose in Turkic Oral Epic Poetry
321
From Verse Epic to Prosimetrum in Recent Mongolian Oral
349
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Professor Joseph Harris Teaches at Harvard University.

Professor Karl Reichl Teaches in the English Department at the University of Bonn.

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