Scipio Storytelling: Talk in a Southern Indiana Community (Hardback)
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Scipio Storytelling: Talk in a Southern Indiana Community (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 27/06/1996
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This book discusses the art of storytelling in a small community of Southern Indiana. Based on audio-taped participant observation in the rural community of Scipio, Indiana, the author presents an analysis of storytelling performances during social events of family and friends. MacDonald discusses performative aspects such as the techniques of the storyteller and stresses the role of the audience during the story event. She also examines several genres of Scipio story, such as fish stories, old codger stories, and practical joking tales. The repertoire and style of one of the community's master storytellers is analyzed along with the attributes of a master storyteller and the passing on of the storyteller's role. Scipio Storytelling concludes with a note on the future of this storytelling style in this particular community.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761803492
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 233 x 159 x 19 mm


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What MacDonald offers readers, then, is not a collection of Indiana folklore but an exceptionally straightforward, lucid introduction to conversational analysis... -- Benita J. Howell, University of Tennessee, Knoxville * American Anthropologist *
Storytelling is an art form, and this book explores that artistry in the particular context of Scipio. The rules of good storytelling, the author explains, are definite and clearly understood, and this book is her attempt to get at them. * Western Folklore *
MacDonald develops some intriguing lines of inquiry...makes a useful contribution to the scholarship on Southern Indiana's culture and history. * Journal of American Folklore *
"MacDonald develops some intriguing lines of inquiry...makes a useful contribution to the scholarship on Southern Indiana's culture and history." * Journal of American Folklore *
"What MacDonald offers readers, then, is not a collection of Indiana folklore but an exceptionally straightforward, lucid introduction to conversational analysis..." -- Benita J. Howell, University of Tennessee, Knoxville * American Anthropologist *

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