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The Arabian Epic

The Arabian Epic
Heroic and Oral Storytelling
3 Volume Hardback Set

Out of Print

Part of University of Cambridge Oriental Publications

  • Date Published: August 1995
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2005
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521483544

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  • The hero cycles of Arabic belong to the literary tradition of The Arabian Nights and can be seen as the popular epics of their civilisation. The Arabian epic covers eleven of the main representatives of this genre. Each of these has been developed through the processes of accretive oral story-telling by means of an accumulation of narrative and folklore motifs, many of which belong to what can be seen as a universal tradition. The work is published in three volumes. The first volume introduces the background and the dimensions in which the cycles are set, while the second volume analyses their contents and the literary formulae used in their construction, as well as listing analogues found in other literatures. The epitomes surveyed in the final volume provide non-Arabists with a more immediate insight into the contents of the cycles, drawing attention to their narrative colouring and texture.

    • First account of the Arabic hero cycles placing them within literary tradition
    • Will be used as a work of reference by scholars in the field
    • Author is extremely well-known in the field and writes in intersting and accessible style
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    • Date Published: August 1995
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521483544
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 179 x 82 mm
    • weight: 3.38kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2005
  • Author

    Malcolm C. Lyons, University of Cambridge

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