Richard Bauman

Richard Bauman
Indiana University Bloomington | IUB · Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Department of Anthropology

Ph.D.

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Starting from a recent flash of reflexive illumination experienced as a member of a dissertation committee, this act of (re-)constructive retrospection recalls the principal forces, experiences, and individuals that shaped my career as a linguistic anthropologist and turned my interests toward poetics, performance, language ideology, and remediatio...
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Among the most highly esteemed verbal artists in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American society were preachers, some of whom attained a remarkable degree of celebrity. As Bakhtin has reminded us, however, ritual forms like the sermon are prime targets for carnivalesque rekeying. Sermon parodies were abundant in nineteenth- and early...
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In the literature on language shift and revitalization, generations are defined a priori as existing social categories that are mapped onto sociolinguistic features. In contrast, we take a performance-based perspective and develop a view of generations as discursively constructed frameworks that are aligned with sociolinguistic and moral features t...
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Few concepts have played a more central role in the development and practice of anthropology than tradition. This article opens with an outline of the principal senses in which tradition figures in anthropological thought: as cultural substance, dynamic process, social practice, and authorizing force. The second section traces the historical founda...
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Neste artigo, esboço as principais concepções de performance que têm norteado trabalhos linguisticamente orientados acerca do tema, suas origens e como se relacionam ou divergem. Considero primeiramente o potencial pouco desenvolvido do trabalho orientado para a performance na sociolinguística variacionista, para depois examinar a performance enqua...
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El autor discute el papel del concepto de género en antropología lingü.stica, desde el surgimiento de esta disciplina hasta nuestros días, lo que implica pasar, sucesivamente, de una función más bien clasificatoria con relación a un acervo de textos, a una postura teórica y crítica impulsada de manera conjunta por la etnociencia, el estructuralismo...
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In this essay, I comment upon the articles included in the first section of this special issue, “Listening for Voices,” with primary emphasis on discovery and dialogue but with attention as well to matters of genre, language shift, and ethnopoetics as a critical vantage point on anthropological theory and practice. I conclude with a discussion of v...
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I offer in this paper a preliminary exploration of one historical instance of what I term the remediation of stardom, the process by which a performer for whom the qualities of stardom in the community milieu of copresence become a resource for stardom in the mass-mediated world of mechanical reproduction. I focus on the performance career of Cal S...
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While Américo Paredes is justly celebrated for his studies of the corrido, his interest in Hispanic folk poetry extended to other folksong genres as well. Paredes’s publications on the décima develop some of the same insights explored in his corrido scholarship, but go beyond the latter in a number of significant ways. In this article, I examin...
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In this article, I outline the principal conceptions of performance that have guided language‐oriented work on performance, where they come from, and how they relate to or diverge from one another. I consider first the undeveloped potential for performance‐oriented work in variationist sociolinguistics, and then turn to performance as virtuosic dis...
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From the late eighteenth century and the first scholarly recognition of oral tradition as a cultural process, there has been a concomitant concern among students of language and expressive culture with the transformative effects of new technologies of communication on oral performance. One facet of the problem that has concerned scholars of oral na...
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In the development of the ideas presented in this essay I have profited greatly from discussions with many colleagues and students over the past several years, among whom Barbara Babcock-Abrahams, Dan Ben-Amos, Marcia Herndon, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, John McDowell, Norma McLeod, Américo Paredes, Dina Sherzer, and Beverly Stoeltje deserve spe...
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Cambridge Core - Linguistic Anthropology - Voices of Modernity - by Richard Bauman
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Drawing on his work in Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, North America, Ghana, and Fiji, linguistic anthropologist and folklorist Richard Bauman presents a series of ethnographic case studies that offer a sparkling look at intertextuality as communicative practice. A fascinating perspective on intertextuality: the idea that written and spoken texts speak...
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The Problem of the Riddle Tale?Impossible for to get? to ?Oh, that's easy??The Opposite Way Aboot?Stories About RiddlesAppendix8
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Mediational PerformancesMedieval Irish PoetryFijian EpicAkan Chiefly DiscourseMediation, Authority, and Power
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Performance and Other Presentational FramesStorytelling and Sociability in the La Have IslandsNegotiating PerformanceFrom Disclaimers of Performance to Full Performance
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Introduction: The Blending of Prose and VerseLegends of the KraftaskáldThe Dialogue of GenresTraditionalizationContextualization, Genre, and TraditionContext to Contextualization
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Narrating the SelfEd Bell, Virtuoso StorytellerPersonal Experience NarrativesTall TalesPractical Jokes and Stories About ThemIntertextuality and Narrative Self-Fashioning
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I suggest in this essay that the prevailing theoretical orientation of American folklore study might best be identified as the philology of the vernacular. In the course of the essay, I outline the major tenets of this orientation, identify its principal scholarly inflections, and suggest some of its potential implications.
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Richard Bauman is Distinguished Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Communication and Culture, and Anthropology, and Director of the Folklore Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is best known for his theoretical and methodological contributions to the ethnographic study of language and performance. The principal foci of his rese...
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Oral Tradition 20.1 (2005) 35-57 We live in a time of great preoccupation—in some quarters bordering on obsession—with the transformative effects of new technologies of communication—economic, social, cultural, cognitive, discursive. Oracles of the internet or computer multimedia or hypertext proclaim the revolutionary impact of these new media. He...
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This study asserts that conscious development of new ways of thinking about language had a crucial role in modern history, particularly the discovery of how differences between languages legitimated social inequalities. it claims that savages and ancients were judged alike because they used language similarly, in contrast to modern Europeans who us...
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When Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, the capacity of the new invention that most impressed him was that it provided the means to overcome the ephemerality of human speech; it made the spoken word durable and available for future reproduction. But what kinds of speech were worthy of being recorded? Understandably, the preservation and dissem...
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Proposant quelques commentaires a partir des questions soulevees par les autres contributeurs a ce dossier sur l'apport de son ouvrage Verbal Art as Performance (1977), l'A. retrace notamment quelques aspects du parcours intellectuel et des influences disciplinaires et theoriques qui ont marque l'elaboration de son approche sur la performance. En c...
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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: American Quarterly 51.3 (1999) 479-528 My friend, George Hunt, will read this to you ... is good that you should have a box in which your laws and your stories are kept. My friend, George Hunt, will show you a box in which some of your stories will be kept. It is a book that I have w...
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The attractions of performance as a focus of anthropological and folkloristic analysis are many, but in general terms they derive from four characteristic properties of performance: 1. performances are artful, the locus of aesthetic behaviors, forms, responses, and values, as enacted in social life; 2. performances are reflexive, cultural forms abo...
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This article addresses the relationship between discourse, textual and social order, and power by means of an examination of the concept of genre. It begins with a critical review of the way genre has been used in linguistic anthropology. A distinction is delineated between approaches that take for granted the status of genre as a tool for classify...
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The invention and development of folklore as a concept in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries may be recognized as a response to the epochal social transformation represented by the advent of modernity. In the study of folklore and social transformation, American folklorists are turning increasingly to performance‐centered perspectiv...
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Three lines of performance-centered analysis may be distingushed in current folkloric and anthropological thought, focusing respectively on performance as practice, the analysis of cultural performances, and the poetics of performance. Employing the third of these as a frame of reference, I analyze the interrelationships between artistic verbal per...
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Linguistics has long been recognized as a valuable tool in unraveling culture history. The types of historical linguistic relationships usually focused on, however, are genetic. Diffusional areal relationships provide valuable evidence of communicative contacts among groups and of the nature of this contact. Such relationships can be found in all a...
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Speech behavior, among the Afro-American peasants of St. Vincent, British West Indies, is the focus of a high degree of interest, self-consciousness, and value judgment. A segment of the speech economy of Vincentian peasants is analyzed in terms of a native taxonomy of speech acts and related terms, illuminating Vincentian ideas concerning proper a...
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Thesis (M.S. in Anthropology)--Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, 1968. Bibliography: l. 28-30.
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 1968. Includes bibliographical references (leaves xvi-xxvi). Includes index. Photocopy.
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Thesis (M.A.)--Indiana University, 1962. Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 64-67).

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