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When melodies gather : oral art of the Mahra

Author: Sam Liebhaber
Publisher: [Stanford, California] : Stanford University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Computer file : Audio book, etc.   Sound Recording : English
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The Mahra people of the southern Arabian Peninsula have no written language but instead possess a rich oral tradition. Samuel Liebhaber takes readers on a tour through their poetry, collected by the author in audio and video recordings over the course of several years. Based on this material, Liebhaber developed a systemic approach to Mahri poetry that challenges genre-based categorizations of oral poetry from the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry readings (Sound recordings)
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Liebhaber
ISBN: 9781503605251 1503605256
OCLC Number: 1038057636
Description: 1 online resource : sound, color illustrations.
Responsibility: by Samuel Liebhaber.

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The Mahra people of the southern Arabian Peninsula have no written language but instead possess a rich oral tradition. Samuel Liebhaber takes readers on a tour through their poetry, collected by the author in audio and video recordings over the course of several years. Based on this material, Liebhaber developed a systemic approach to Mahri poetry that challenges genre-based categorizations of oral poetry from the Arabian Peninsula. By taking into account all Mahri poetic expressions--the majority of which don't belong to any of the known genres of Arabian poetry--Liebhaber creates a blueprint for understanding how oral poetry is conceived and composed by native practitioners. Each poem is embedded in a conceptual framework that highlights formal similarities between them and recapitulates how Mahri poets craft poems and how their audiences are primed to receive them. The web-based medium allows users not only to delve into the classification system to explore the diversity and complexity of the Mahra's poetic expressions, but also to experience the formation of a poem in the moment. Through a series of questions designed to define the social context in which a poem is being created, the reader is taken on an experiential tour through the corpus that highlights the embeddedness of poetry in the Mahras' everyday practices.

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