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The Resource Poetry and prophecy : the anthropology of inspiration, edited by John Leavitt

Poetry and prophecy : the anthropology of inspiration, edited by John Leavitt

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Poetry and prophecy : the anthropology of inspiration
Title
Poetry and prophecy
Title remainder
the anthropology of inspiration
Statement of responsibility
edited by John Leavitt
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The "magic" of words is something many people refer to without qualification or, often, attention. In this pathbreaking collection, John Leavitt has assembled five essays that explore the places where magic and words most clearly intersect: in prophetic or inspired acts of speech and writing." "Based on rich ethnographic work in western and nonwestern cultures, the essays represent distinct approaches to the topic, from one person's account of her interactions with a possessing spirit to another's world-spanning statement on prophetic poetics. Each contributor challenges easy assumptions that poetic texts are crafted works, products of skill rather than inspiration, while prophetic speech and writing are best understood as spontaneous performance rather than formal art. The volume is rounded out with a thorough introduction and an afterword." "As a whole the collection aims to reorient the anthropological study of possession and oracular experiences toward an awareness of the word, and to draw the attention of literary critics to "inspired" poetry. It will appeal to a wide audience in not only anthropology and literature, but performance studies and comparative religion as well."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
809/.93353
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1077
LC item number
.P575 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Leavitt, John Harold
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Prophecy in literature
  • Poetry
Label
Poetry and prophecy : the anthropology of inspiration, edited by John Leavitt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37179918
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
214 pages
Isbn
9780472106882
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
97025223
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Poetry and prophecy : the anthropology of inspiration, edited by John Leavitt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37179918
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
214 pages
Isbn
9780472106882
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
97025223
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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