Memory in Oral Traditions: The Cognitive Psychology of Epic, Ballads, and Counting-out Rhymes

Memory in Oral Traditions: The Cognitive Psychology of Epic, Ballads, and Counting-out Rhymes

David C. Rubin


lengthy studied through anthropologists, historians, and linguists, oral traditions have supplied a wealth of attention-grabbing insights into designated cultural customs that span the historical past of humankind. during this groundbreaking paintings, cognitive psychologist David C. Rubin bargains for the 1st time an obtainable, complete exam of what such traditions can let us know in regards to the complicated internal workings of human reminiscence. Focusing particularly on their 3 significant types of organization--theme, imagery, and sound pattern--Rubin proposes a version of bear in mind, and makes use of it to discover the mechanisms of reminiscence that underlie genres reminiscent of counting-out rhymes, ballads, and epics. The e-book concludes with an attractive dialogue of the way conversions from oral to written conversation modes can are expecting how state of the art laptop applied sciences will impact the conventions of destiny transmissions. all through, Rubin provides the result of vital unique examine in addition to new views on classical topics. wonderfully written and farsighted, Memory in Oral Traditions should be eagerly learn by means of scholars and researchers in parts as diversified as cognitive psychology, literary reports, classics, and cultural anthropology.

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