The Theory of Oral Composition (Paperback)

History and Methodology (Folkloristics)

By John Miles Foley

Indiana University Press, 9780253204653, 188pp.

Publication Date: June 22, 1988

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The Theory of Oral Composition presents a history of the field of oral-formulaic theory. Foley examines the roots of the theory in 19th-century philology and anthropology, documents the contributions of Milman Parry and Albert Lord, measures the effects of Lord's comparative extensions through the impact of The Singer of Tales, and considers important other contributions.