Homo Narrans : the poetics and anthropology of oral literature
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.
University of Pennsylvania Press
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.
Utz, Richard and Mazur, Zygmunt, "Homo Narrans : the poetics and anthropology of oral literature" (2004). All Books and Monographs by WMU Authors. 370.