The formula and theme in the Arabic chivalrous romance

Full item record

dc.contributor.authorMadeyska, Danuta
dc.contributor.organizationDepartment of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsawen
dc.description.abstractThe anonymous Arabic chivalrous romances (sīrats) belong to a large family of heroic epics common to most cultures. After several centuries of oral transmission during which their number considerably increased, they were written down in the 14th-16th centuries in the Mamluk Egypt. However, the art of oral transmission continued to exist. Sīrats are extremely bulky: an average work numbers a couple of thousand pages. It has not been explained yet how the narrator controlled such an immense material and managed to transfer it orally as a coherent work, which was very attractive to the middle and lower strata of the contemporary society. The size of the sīrat precluded its being learned by heart. Thus, each recital, which sometimes lasted several days, was an improvisation, that is a one-time creative act, but not the literal reconstruction of the work. This may be evidenced by the surviving versions of the particular sīrats, differing between themselves. At the same time, the diversity of language and com- position of these literary works can be seen not only within one sīrat, but also in the whole collection of sīrats. Thus, there had to be some ways, which allowed the narrator to recite it fluently, a certain stock of rules and tricks shaping and organizing their linguistic material and theme. In Arabic literature there is no evidence on the skills of the narrator.en
dc.description.epersonMaciej Klimiuk
dc.identifier.citationMadeyska Danuta, The formula and theme in the Arabic chivalrous romance, Studia Arabistyczne i Islamistyczne 5, 1997, pp. 126-133en
dc.publisherKatedra Arabistyki i Islamistyki, Uniwersytet Warszawskien
dc.rightsUznanie autorstwa-Na tych samych warunkach 3.0 Polskapl_PL
dc.titleThe formula and theme in the Arabic chivalrous romanceen
Files for this record
Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Name: Madeyska_Danuta_Studia Arabistyczne i Islamistyczne 5_1997.pdf
Size: 43.84 KB
Format: Adobe Portable Document Format
License files
Name: license.txt
Size: 234 B
Format: Item-specific license agreed upon to submission