ISBN 9780521474504,The Arabian Epic: Volume 3, Texts: Heroic And Oral Story-Telling: Texts V. 3

The Arabian Epic: Volume 3, Texts: Heroic And Oral Story-Telling: Texts V. 3

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ISBN 9780521474504
Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 1995
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780521474504

ISBN-10 0521474507
Binding

Hardback

Number of Pages 671 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Humanities

The hero cycles of Arabic belong to the literary tradition of The Arabian Nights and can be seen as the popular epics of their civilization. The Arabian Epic covers ten of the main representatives of this genre. Each of these has been developed through the processes of oral storytelling through an accumulation of narrative and folklore motifs, many of which belong to what can be seen as a universal tradition. This work is published in three volumes. The first volume introduces the background and the dimensions in which the cycles are set, while the second volume analyzes their contents and the literary formulae used in their construction, as well as listing analogues found in other literatures. The examples surveyed in the final volume provide non-Arabists with a more immediate insight into the contents of the cycles, drawing attention to their narrative coloring and texture.
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