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Review Of Joseph Mali, The Rehabilitation Of Myth: Vico's New Science, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1995

Review Of Joseph Mali, The Rehabilitation Of Myth: Vico's New Science, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

Joseph Mali, a historian of ideas, might not have heard of folklore as an academic discipline. He does not index the term, nor does he indicate in any other way his awareness of the existence of folklore as scholarship. In this entire volume, he mentions "folklore" only three or four times: twice in connection with the traditions of nonliterate societies (pp. 102, 139), and once (p. 197) in reference to Milman Parry's—but not Albert Lord's—formulaic theory. A fourth time can be considered when he compares Vico's term sensus communis and Herder's volkgeist, establishing an ...


Meditation On A Russian Proverb In Israel, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1995

Meditation On A Russian Proverb In Israel, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

My father spoke in proverbs, but for many years I did not notice. Only after I completed my graduate studies in folklore and began teaching, did I become aware of the idioms in his conversation. Without being a religious person he interlaced his anecdotes and narratives with proverbs, biblical verses, and parables from the talmuds. I began to pay attention. A few years later, when I visited my parents in Israel, my father, who was a construction worker, told me that in retirement he tried to make a business deal but failed. Yet in spite of his naiveté in such ...


The Hebrew Folktale: A Review Essay. Review Of Eli Yassif, The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1995

The Hebrew Folktale: A Review Essay. Review Of Eli Yassif, The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

The history of oral narratives is in the grip of a paradox. The voice of their past telling is no longer evident, and what is evident is no longer oral. Once committed to writing, oral tales become literature, bearing the consequences of this transformation that occurs under specific social, religious, economic, even technical, circumstances.1 The shift from orality to literacy involves thematic, stylistic, and poetic modifications, and although in their new state the tales have a relatively higher degree of stability, they still can offer us glimpses into their performance history.


"Induced Natural Context" In Context, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1995

"Induced Natural Context" In Context, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

Folklore students of several generations have grown up on Kenneth Goldstein's A Guide for Field Workers in Folklore (1964). When they prepared to go in the field, they used his Guide, and they consulted it again when they arrived there. His cogent advice followed them, tucked conveniently in their pocket or pocketbook, reassuring them in doubt and offering solutions in uncertain situations. In the loneliness of the field, the Guide became a companion to which researchers turned in crisis and in joy. Make "safety copies of all recordings and notes" (p. 143), Goldstein's sound advice followed them wherever ...


Kontext, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1995

Kontext, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

1. Allgemeines. Der Terminus K. (lat. contextus: zusammengewebt, -geflochten) bezeichnet den weitgefaßten Hintergrund eines Werks oder Phänomens ebenso wie (Text-)Passagen, die anderen vorangchen oder folgen. die Verwendung des Begriffs in der Folkloristik schöpft aus Theorien und Methoden der Ethnologie, Linguistik, soziolinguistik, Soziologie, Psychologie und Philosophie und deckt sich mit ähnlchen Verwendungsweisen in der Lit.theorie, der Geschichte und den Kulturwissenschaften (cf. Goodwin/Duranti 1992, 1-42). Sein unmittelbarer Vorgänger erscheint in der ethnol. Funktionstheorie (→ Funktion, → Funktionalismus).


Bidayat Al-Mujtama' Al-Madani Fi Al-Yaman, Sheila Carapico Jan 1995

Bidayat Al-Mujtama' Al-Madani Fi Al-Yaman, Sheila Carapico

Political Science Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Norms Of Military Intervention And The Persian Gulf Conflict: The Social Construction Of Interests And Identities, Robert A. Martin Jan 1995

Norms Of Military Intervention And The Persian Gulf Conflict: The Social Construction Of Interests And Identities, Robert A. Martin

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

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Bedouins Of Qatar Dec 1994

Bedouins Of Qatar

Roberta L. Dougherty

The work's thorough depiction of the material culture of Bedouin nomads, who for at least part of the year made their home in Qatar, is the primary attraction of the book for ethnographers, historians, and Qataris themselves. At a time when the countries of the Gulf are defining what it is that makes them Qatari or Emirati or Saudi or Kuwaiti, this publication will be welcomed by the Qataris--and indeed by their other Gulf neighbors--as a means to imagine their national communities.