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Title: Oral Background of Persian Epics: Storytelling and Poetry
Author: Yamamoto, Kumiko
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2003
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004125872
Volumes: 1; Pages: 232
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This volume discusses the indirect influence of oral transmission on the genesis and evolution of the Persian written epic tradition. On the basis of formal characteristics of naqqli (Persian storytelling) performance, a set of formal and thematic criteria is proposed to determine the extent to which written Persian epics show structures ultimately deriving from oral performance. It is applied to the Shh-nme of Ferdowsi (c. 1000) and to the Garshsp-nme of Asadi (c. 1064-66).The first part of the book examines the Oral-Formulaic Theory and proposes an alternative approach focusing on naqqli. The book may be relevant to both oralists and Iranists; it demonstrates the complex process where orality interacts with written tradition in the genesis of the Shh-nme.