Story-telling techniques in the Arabian nights / by David Pinault.

Author
Pinault, David [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Leiden ; New York : Brill, 1992.
Description
xi, 262 pages ; 25 cm.

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  • This work comprises a literary comparison of surviving alternative versions of selected narrative-cycles from the Nights. Pinault draws on the published Arabic editions--especially Bulaq, MacNaghten, and the fourteenth-century Galland text recently edited by Mahdi--as well as unpublished Arabic manuscripts from libraries in France and North Africa.
  • The study demonstrates that significantly different versions have survived of some of the most famous tales from the Nights. Pinault notes how individual manuscript redactors employed--and sometimes modified--formulaic phrases and traditional narrative topoi in ways consonant with the themes emphasized in particular versions of a tale. He also examines the redactors' modification of earlier sources--Arabic chronicles and Islamic religious treatises, geographers' accounts and medieval legends--for specific narrative goals. Comparison of the narrative structure of diverse story-collection also sheds new light on the relationship of the embedded subordinate-narrative to the overarching frame-tale. All cited passages from the Nights and other Arabic story-collections have been fully translated into English.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 254-259) and index.
ISBN
  • 9004095306
  • 9789004095304
  • 9004095276
  • 9789004095274
LCCN
91028203
OCLC
24213160
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