Hikaye: Turkish Folk Romance as Performance Art - Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, Indiana University (Paperback)Ilhan Basgoz (author)
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Hikaye is an engaging study of Turkish romance by its leading contemporary student. Ilhan Basgoez presents vivid descriptions of the singers who perform these tales, the performance venues, interactions between singers and audiences, and the romance texts as artistic objects. Part of the fun is the playful interaction between the author and the seasoned characters who taught him their poetic craft. Hikaye will be the definitive work on this tradition, which has cognates in Persian and Arabic tale-telling, as well as links to European medieval romances. A valuable contribution to folklore studies, for scholars, students, and general readers alike.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 330
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
Basgoez provides myriads of information and interviews that leave the door open for other folklorists and oral historians to continue to research and study the hikaye in light of current society and technological development. Hikaye is an excellent read for both the scholar and the student indeed for any person who wishes to learn about Turkish folklore romance. * ORAL HISTORY REVIEW *
Hikaye bears the marks of meticulous research and thoughtful reflection about Turkish folklore and studies of verbal arts in general. Ilhan Basgoez's examination of Turkish folk romance demonstrates useful techniques for the inquiry of both theory and performance dynamics. Basgoez's unique investigation also attends to what has often been ignored in the scholarly research of Turkish folk romance art and artistry in general, making it a functional paradigm for performance analysis, and for Middle East scholars in particular. * Journal of American Folklore *
[This] the culmination of a lifetime of fieldwork dating back to [the author's] formative years working under the renowned Turkish folklorist, Pertev Naili Boratav. As such, the book is not only an overview of the performance of hikaye, or folk romance, but it is also an ethnographic history chronicling the dramatic changes that have taken place within that tradition, as it has largely disappeared from rural Anatolia. . . Basgoez, with the benefit of half a century of fieldwork, offers a helpful corrective to previous scholarship on Turkish performance poetries. 55.1 Winter 2011 * Ethnomusicology *
. . . one of the most original and compelling ethnographies of folklore that I have read in years. Basgoez creatively interweaves his theoretical enquiry with a narrative rendition of his encounters with [teller-singer] asiks, a rendition rich in asiks' words and experiences. In addition, he powerfully juxtaposes his own autobiographical narratives, ethnopoetry, memories, and reflections with his thoughtful and detailed analysis.January 26, 2009 -- Mustafa Kemal Mirzeler * Western Michigan University *
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