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Visuality in Bosniac and Homeric Epic

1. Introduction Homeric poetry is an intensely visual art, as numerous studies have shown. [1] This intense visuality is a feature that Homeric poetry shares with many other oral narrative traditions. [2] The affinity of oral narrative for optically rich… Read more

The Trojan Formulaic Theater

The formulaic phrases referring to Troy in the Iliad have not received enough attention until now: Milman Parry emphasized the epithets for heroes, but was not as confident in regard to epithets for objects and places.* In his first dissertation, he actually considered some generic… Read more

The Dreams of Barčin and Penelope

Richard Martin has observed that “what experimentation is to science, comparison should be to philology—a way to test hypotheses and produce new ones that account for more data, more economically.” [1] This paper is an attempt at such an experiment. [2]… Read more

The Homer Multitext and the System of Homeric Epic

The work of Milman Parry and Albert Lord demonstrated that the oral tradition of the Homeric epics is a system that is good and useful for composition-in-performance and that also creates meaning for the audience in a special way. While some oral traditions for which Parry and Lord’s work has… Read more

Common Grief: Weeping Over Hector and Rāma

One of the main advantages of the line of inquiry opened by the path-breaking works of Milman Parry and Albert Lord is its comparative dimension. [1] Formula and theme became not only distinct matrices for analyzing a given epic text or a given tradition; these… Read more

Heroes and Their Snakes

In the The Singer of Tales, Albert Lord only briefly mentions the famous traditional ballad of “Marko and Musa,” the earliest printed version of which was collected by Vuk Karadžić from Tešan Podrugović of Gacko, Hercegovina in 1815. [1] (Versions were collected by Milman Parry… Read more