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Songs of the Serbian People from the Collections of Vuk Karadzic

Holton, Milne & Mihailovich, Vasa D. (translater & editor)

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ISBN 10: 0822939525 / ISBN 13: 9780822939528
Published by University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh PA, 1997
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Part of the Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies series. "It is our undertaking here to present in English translation and in a form as close to its original as possible a body of songs that constitute a central tradition of the Balkans." 310 pages. Still in shrink wrap. Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 ". Bookseller Inventory # 15716

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Title: Songs of the Serbian People from the ...

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh PA

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

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In the early nineteenth century, Vuk Karadzic, a Serb scholar and linguist, collected and eventually published transcriptions of the traditional oral poetry of the South Slavs. It was a monumental and unprecedented undertaking. Karadzic gathered and heard sung to him the rich songs of Balkan peasants, outlaws, and professional singers and their rebel heroes. His four volumes constitute the classic anthology of Balkan oral poetry, treasured for nearly two centuries by readers of all literatures, and influential to such literary giants as Goethe, Merimee, Pushkin, Mickiewicz, and Sir Walter Scott.This edition of the songs offers the most complete and authoritative translations ever assembled in English. Holton and Mihailovich, leading scholars of Slavic literature, have preserved here the unique meter and rhythm at the heart of Serbian oral poetry, as well as the idiom of the original singers. Extensive notes and comments aid the reader in understanding the poems, the history they record and the oral tradition that lies beneath them, the singers and their audience.The songs contain seven cycles, identified here in sections titled: Songs Before History, Before Kosovo, the Battle of Kosovo, Marko Karadzic, Under the Turks, Songs of the Outlaws, and Songs of the Serbian Insurrection. The editors have selected the best known and most representative songs from each of the cycles. A complete bibliography is also provided."This is the most comprehensive collection of Serbian oral poetry available today. The editors have done a superb job in presenting this invaluable material from the treasury of European folklore". Toma Longinovic, University of Wisconsin, Madison"There is no doubtin my mind that this large and informative collective will be of great and lasting value and interest to everyone concerned with the folk traditions and oral literatures of the perplexing and psychologically intriguing Southern Slavs". George Vid Tomashhevich, Buffalo State College

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Milne Holton is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Maryland.    Among his books are The Big Horse: Stories of Modern Macedonia, Reading the Ashes, The New  Polish Poetry, Austrian Poetry Today, and with Mihailovich, Serbian Poetry from the Beginnings to the Present.

Vasa D. Mahailovich is professor emeritus of Slavic languages and literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His many books include Introduction to Yugoslav Literature, White Stones and Fir Trees: An Anthology of Slavic Literature, Contemporary Yugoslav Poetry, Serbian Poetry from the Beginnings to the Present, and Dictionary of Literary Biography: South Slav Writers Before World War II.

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