Prosimetrum

Prosimetrum

Crosscultural Perspectives on Narrative in Prose and Verse

Edited by Joseph Harris, Karl Reichl

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Comparative studies of a number of mixed prose-and-verse literatures, from Europe to the Orient, from classical culture to the 19th century.
In virtually all the literary traditions of the world there are works of verbal art that depend for part of their effect on the juxtaposition of prose and verse. This volume takes the first step towards a comparative study of "prosimetrum", the mixture of prose and verse, with essays by leading linguists and literary scholars of a selection of prosimetrical traditions. The nature of what constitutes verse or prose is one underlying question addressed. An outline of historical developments emerges, especially for Europe and the Near East, with articles on classical, medieval and nineteenth-century literatures. Oriental prosimetrical literatures discussed include that of Vedic India and the old literary cultures of China and Japan; also represented are oral and oral-derived folk literatures of recent centuries in Africa, the West, and Inner Asia.

Professor KARL REICHL teaches in the English Department at the University of Bonn; Professor JOSEPH HARRIS teaches in the English Department at Harvard University.

Contributors: KRISTIN HANSON, PAUL KIPARSKY, JAN ZIOLKOWSKI, ARDIS BUTTERFIELD, PROINSIAS Mac CANA, JOSEPH HARRIS, JUDITH RYAN, W.F.H. NICOLAISEN, LEE HARING, STEVEN WEITZMAN, WOLFHART HEINRICHS, DWIGHT REYNOLDS, JULIE SCOTT MEISAMI, KARL REICHL, WALTHER HEISSIG

Details

December 1997
444 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780859914758
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB
BISAC LIT011000
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Table of Contents

`The Nature of Verse and its Consequences for the Mixed Form'. (with Paul Kiparsky) - Kristin Hanson
`The Nature of Verse and its Consequences for the Mixed Form'. (with Kristin Hanson) - Paul Kiparsky
`The Prosimetrum in the Classical Tradition'. - Jan Ziolkowski
``Aucassin et Nicolette' and Mixed Forms in Medieval French'. - Ardis Butterfield
`Prosimetrum in Insular Celtic Literature'. - Proinsias Mac Cana
`Combinations of Poetry and Prose in Classical Japanese Narrative'. - Joseph Harris
`Hybrid Forms in German Romanticism'. - Judith Ryan
`The `Cante Fable' in Occidental Folk Narrative'. - W F T Nicolaisen
`The African Challenge'. - Lee Haring
`The `Orientalization' of Prosimetrum: Prosimetrum in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Literature'. - Steven Weitzman
`Prosimetrical Genres in Classical Arabic Literature'. - Wolfhart Heinrichs
`Prosimetrum in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Arabic Literature'. - Dwight Reynolds
`Mixed Prose and Verse in Medieval Persian Literature'. - Julie Scott Meisami
`The Mixture of Verse and Prose in Turkic Oral Epic Poetry'. - Karl Reichl
`From Verse Epic to Prosimetrum in Recent Mongolian Oral Literature'. - Walther Heissig
`The Prosimetric Form in the Chinese Literary Tradition'. - Victor H. Mair
`Sarama and the Panis: Origins of Prosimetric Exchange in Archaic India'. - Michael Witzel
`Combinations of Poetry and Prose in Classical Japanese Narrative'. - Helen Craig McCullough

Reviews

Wonderfully conceived volume... a truly comparative approach to addressing its richly suggestive theme of the hybrod genre of prosimetrum. BULLETIN OF SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES