Homo Narrans : the poetics and anthropology of oral literature

Title

Homo Narrans : the poetics and anthropology of oral literature

Department

English

Document Type

Book

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Description

Explores how human beings shape their world through the stories they tell. This book ponders over the nature of the storytelling impulse, the social function of narrative, and the role of individual talent in oral tradition. It also claims that the need to tell stories is what distinguishes humans from all other living creatures.

ISBN

0812235045

Publication Date

2004

Publisher

University of Pennsylvania Press

City

Philadelphia

Disciplines

Oral History | Other Rhetoric and Composition

Citation for published book

Niles, John D. Homo Narrans: The Poetics and Anthropology of Oral Literature. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. Print.