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Author Hymes, Dell H.

Title "In vain I tried to tell you" : essays in Native American ethnopoetics / Dell Hymes.

Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1981.

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Physical description 1 online resource (402 pages) : maps.
Series Studies in Native American literature ; 1
University of Pennsylvania publications in conduct and communication
Studies in Native American literature ; 1.
University of Pennsylvania publications in conduct and communication.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 386-398) and indexes.
Contents Unsuspected devices and designs -- Breakthrough to performance -- Titles, names, and natures.
Summary A landmark volume that revolutionized our understanding of the power and significance of Native stories and storytellers in North America, "In vain I tried to tell you" showcases the methodology and theory of ethnopoetics. Focusing on the rich Native storytelling traditions of the Pacific Northwest, Hymes investigates what particular stylistic and linguistic devices and patterns in oral tales reveal about rhythm and order in the cultures creating them. A breathtaking series of analyses of particular myths and their relationship to performance forms the centerpiece of this volume. The concluding essays explore Native perspectives and approaches to stories, highlighting the reasons behind the storytellers' choices of characters, genres, and titles.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Indians of North America -- Northwest, Pacific -- Poetry -- History and criticism.
Indians of North America -- Northwest, Pacific -- Folklore.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Folklore.
Poetry.
Electronic books.
ISBN 0585172668 (electronic bk.)
9780585172668 (electronic bk.)
0812278062
9780812278064
0812211170 (pbk.)
9780812211177 (pbk.)