1st Edition

Routledge Revivals: Turkic Oral Epic Poetry (1992) Traditions, Forms, Poetic Structure

By Karl Reichl Copyright 1992
    412 Pages
    by Routledge

    412 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1992, Turkic Oral Poetry provides an expert introduction to the oral epic traditions of the Turkic peoples of central Asia. The book seeks to remedy the problem of non-specialists’ lack of access to information on the Turkic traditions, and in the process, it provides scholars in various disciplines with material for comparative investigation. The book focuses on "central traditions" of this region, specifically those of the Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Karakalpak’s, and Kirghiz and looks at the historical and linguistic background to a survey of the earliest documents, portraits of the singers and of performance considerations of genre, story-patterns, and formulaic diction, and discussions of "composition in performance", memory, rhetoric and diffusion.



    A Note on Transcription and Pronunciation

    1. The Turkic Peoples: Backgrounds and Contexts

    2. Turkic Epic Poetry: The Earliest Documents

    3. The Singer: Shaman, Minstrel, Poet

    4. Performance

    5. Genre

    6. Story-Patterns

    7. The Varieties of Formulaic Diction

    8. Composition in Performance and the Art of Memory

    9. Rhetoric, Style, Narrative Technique

    10. Transformations in Space and Time


    Glossary of Terms



    Karl Reichl