Embroidered with Gold, Strung with Pearls: The Traditional Ballads of Bosnian Women - Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature S. v.1 (Hardback)Aida Vidan (author)
Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 01/07/2003
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Bosnian traditional ballads have intrigued many by their beauty and eloquence, from Goethe's poetic interest in them in the 18th century to the work of 20th-century scholars such as Milman Parry and Albert Lord. These songs are now available to the English reader in a bilingual edition offering a selection of materials from Harvard University's Parry Collection. The 40 oral ballads, many appearing in multiple versions, were performed by Bosnian women and gathered in the Gacko region of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1930s. Using Parry and Lord as a starting point, Vidan supplements their theories with broader ethnological, cultural and historical data. She seeks to understand issues such as the stability of the ballad, its transmission and dissemination, and its ties to mythology. She addresses an imbalance created by the pronounced focus on South Slavic epic songs in scholarly work. While showing that each of the narrative genres in verse maintains its own stylistic features, she demonstrates that they nevertheless consist of the same basic compositional elements. In addition to comparative analysis of the materials from the Parry Collection, Vidan discusses numerous examples from published and unpublished sources in Croatian and Serbian.
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 554 g
Dimensions: 229 x 178 x 19 mm
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