The Modern Scholar: Singers and Tales

Oral Tradition and the Roots of Literature
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In this course, Professor Michael D. C. Drout traces literature back to its ultimate sources in oral tradition. Drout shows us how works as varied as the Odyssey, Beowulf, the Finnish Kalevala, and epic songs from the former Yugoslavia were shaped by their origins as songs sung - and composed - before a live audience. Understanding the oral roots of these great works lets us see them in a whole new light. From classical texts to contemporary digital media, Drout demonstrates how the dynamics of oral tradition shape the verbal art that makes us who we are.

©2014 Michael D. C. Drout (P)2014 Crescite Group, LLC

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Interesting and insightful

As always, Professor Drout's enthusiasm made this a great read.
I've just started the Illiad so this series of lectures are very pertinent.

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Loved it. Listened while walking and was enriched by the stories and learning. Thank you.

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excellent

this is the missing jigsaw piece in mosy humanities programs. orality vs. text is a fundamental part of how our society communicates and Drout is surprisingly artuculate about it

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  • Patrick Francis
  • 01-03-20

Fascinating educational listening.

Each lecture was pretty mind-blowing in its own way. Scratching my arm now, craving more.