Peter McMurray (Harvard), “Vox ex nihilo? Epic Traces and Aluminum Orality”

Oral poetry is often described as a form of “intangible cultural heritage,” a tradition that leaves few if any archival traces. In 1933, Milman Parry, a scholar of Homeric poetry interested in epic composition, began a massive project documenting oral epic poetry in the former Yugoslavia as a potential comparative model for the Iliad and the Odyssey. That documentation process demanded a variety of media forms … More Peter McMurray (Harvard), “Vox ex nihilo? Epic Traces and Aluminum Orality”