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Who says? : essays on pivotal issues in contemporary storytelling
Birch, Carol (Carol L.)
Publication Information:
Little Rock : August House, 1996.
Physical Description:
221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction / Carol L. Birch & Melissa A. Heckler -- Two traditions / Melissa A. Heckler -- The icebergs of folklore : misconception, misuse, abuse / Barre Toelken -- Jewish models : adapting folktales for telling aloud / Peninnah Schram -- The continuing cycle : native American storytelling past and present / Joseph Bruchac -- Who says? : the storyteller as narrator -- Playing with the wall / Bill Harley -- Between teller and listener : the reciprocity of storytelling / Rafe Martin -- Old stories/new listeners / Kay Stone -- Old stories/life stories : memory and dissolution in contemporary Bushman folklore / Mathias Guenther -- Innervision and innertext : oral and interpretive modes of storytelling performance / Joseph Sobol.

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GR72.3 .W56 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GR72.3 .W56 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In the last two decades, the storytelling movement has gained momentum, both as an educational tool and an entertainment form. But the revival is so young that there is no common vocabulary for discussing it. Contemporary storytelling has its roots in the oral and literary trditions. Performances are often judged according to the aesthetics of print, theater or music even television and film.

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Booklist Review

Who should tell whose stories? Should stories be adapted for performance? Should the teller feel free to change the tale? What is the relation between oral and print culture? These and other hot issues related to the current storytelling revival are discussed and debated in this collection of essays by storytellers, folklorists, and several scholarly theorists. Many of these ideas were addressed by the panelists at Booklist's Open Forum on folklore at the ALA Annual Conference in New York City in July. The first of three projected volumes on this crucial topic, this is recommended for library schools and colleges of education as well as for active storytelling collections. --Hazel Rochman

Library Journal Review

As the art of storytelling enters its third decade of revival and gains in artistic respectability, more than "folk" have become interested in it. In this collection by writers, anthropologists, and folklorists as well as storytellers, the editors, both educators and storytellers themselves, intend to explore "the relationship between oral cultures and print cultures." The focus, however, is a bit fuzzy. Barre Toelken, for example, currently director of the Folklore Program at Utah State University, contributes an article entitled "The Icebergs of Folktale: Misconception, Misuse, Abuse," while writer/storyteller Joseph Bruchac discusses "The Continuing Circle: Native American Storytelling Past and Present." Despite uncertainty about the purpose, the essays are well written and, while not intended to give definitive answers, may help to establish a common vocabulary about storytelling and to widen the discussion among professionals in the field. Recommended for libraries with strong education and folklore collections.¬ĎKatherine K. Koenig, Ellis Sch., Greensburg, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.