A World of Others' Words: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Intertextuality

A World of Others' Words: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Intertextuality

Author(s): Richard Bauman

Published Online: 4 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405116046

Online ISBN: 9780470773895

DOI: 10.1002/9780470773895

About this Book

Drawing on his work in Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, North America, Ghana, and Fiji, linguistic anthropologist and folklorist Richard Bauman presents a series of ethnographic case studies that offer a sparkling look at intertextuality as communicative practice.


  • A fascinating perspective on intertextuality: the idea that written and spoken texts speak to one another, e.g. through genre or allusions.
  • Presents a series of ethnographic case studies to illustrate the topic.
  • Draws on a broad range of oral performances and literary records from across the world.
  • The author's introduction sets a framework for the analysis of genre, perform and intertextuality.
  • Shows how performers blend genres, e.g., telling stories about riddles or legends about magical verses, or constructing sales pitches.

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