Orality And Beyond - A North-East Indian Perspective

Orality And Beyond - A North-East Indian Perspective

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Author: Soumen Sen
Several Contributors/
Translator(s)/ Edito: Soumen Sen/Desmond L. Kharmawphlang
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 154
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8126024526


The beginning of the nineteenth century saw the evolution of the study of literature focusing primarily on the historical approach. The important question raised were: How is oral literature made and is it sustained? What constitutes oral literature and what possible investigative tools can be developed for an analysis of its narrative structure?

Since then, a number of conceptual models were built to explore this range of folk creativity reflected in the poetics, language, structure and symbolism in oral literature.

Orality and Beyond: A North-East Indian Perspective provides a refreshing insight into some of the narratives of North-East India and the different methods of analysis used by scholars to study this corpus of material. The book is novel in that it features the work of established scholars in folkloristics who have very adroitly and convincingly used, tried and tested canons of folklore research.



Orality and Beyond: The story of U Manik Raitong
Cultural History and the Genesis of the Khasi Oral Tradition
Relevance of Oral Literature

Folktale, North East India and A Tale-Type Index
‘Promises are Meant to be Broken’:
An Oico-type Study of Two Tales

Orality Alive; Recapturing the Tale
The Philosophy Behind Khasi Myths
Orality and Written Khasi Literature
Oral Tradition of Origin and Migration of the
Mishmis of Arunachal Pradesh
Mizo Values
Traditional folk Music of the Garos

Orality and Literacy: Towards and Understanding of
Contemporary Problems in Oral Tradition Poetics
In North-East India
Writing Orality
Oral Tradition in Transition: The Koireng example
A Semeiotic study of Ka Shad Tygkoh of the Khasis
Tenyimia Folklore and Verse: A Quest for Beyond
Oral Frames of References: Khasi Myth Chanting and
Perspectives of Definition

Special Supplement

List of contributors