Words as Events

Words as Events

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Sykäri, Venla
Words as Events. Cretan Mantinádes in Performance and Composition
Finnish Literature Society
Studia Fennica. Folkloristica 18
Vantaa 2011, 224 pp.


Words as Events introduces the tradition of short, communicative rhyming couplets, the mantinádes, as still sung and recited in a variety of performance situations on the island of Crete. Recently, these poems have also entered modern mass media and they are widely being exchanged as text messages by Cretans. The author combines the results of earlier folkloristic and anthropological insights, and extends the theoretical concerns further to address questions of spontaneity and individual agency. The research data has been produced in communicative interactions during long-term fieldwork.

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ISBN 978-952-222-261-9
ISSN 1235-1946