is a study in oral poetic composition. It examines how oral poets compose
their recitations. Specifically, it is a study of the recitations of 17
separate master poets from the Island of Rote recorded over a period of 50
years. Each of these poets offers his version of what is culturally
considered to be the `same' ritual chant. These compositions are
examined in detail and their oral formulae are carefully compared to one
Professor James J. Fox is an anthropologist who carried out his doctoral field research on the Island of Rote in eastern Indonesia in 1965-66. In 1965, he began recording the oral traditions of the island and developed a close association with numerous oral poets on the island. After many subsequent visits, in 2006, he began a nine-year project that brought groups of oral poets to Bali for week-long recording sessions. Recitations gathered over a period of 50 years are the basis for this book.
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