Singers and Tales - Oral Tradition and the Roots of Literature
- United States
More informationIn 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.