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Events and Narratives in Language


Edited By Janusz Badio

This book analyzes events and narratives from the points of view of literature, grammar, discourse, and semantics. The contributors explore the issues related to the ways of portraying stories and their events within a cultural and literary framework. They also examine the role of prefixes in construing events and asymmetries that exist in time-creating event markers from a contrastive perspective. The contributions focus on narrativity as a semantic category, and on how events are described in signed languages. They place the event and narrative categories at the center of interest and their specific goals are pursued by applying different, both qualitative and quantitative, research methods.

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Performing (Hi)Stories: Narrative Elements in Faroese Balladry and Ring Dance (Annika Christensen)


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Annika Christensen

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Performing (Hi)Stories: Narrative Elements in Faroese Balladry and Ring Dance

Abstract: The Faroese ballads have long been a vital part of Faroese literary heritage. However, before they were ever considered literature, they were preserved and passed on to future generations in oral form. The way in which they were mediated was through vocal performance alongside the Faroese ring dance, a simple, collective dance that allows a great number of participants. Although the ballads are now preserved in written form, the Faroese dance has survived and is still practiced to this day. What is it about this particular dance, in conjunction with the vocal ballad performance that still has merit to this day? The Faroese ballads convey and represent historical events and collective performance of the ring-dance figures as an important aspect of how the ballads are performed, namely through use of the body as the primary instrument. The performative nature of the ballad means that not only are these events and stories told through word of mouth, they are physically inscribed upon the performing bodies. By doing a close reading of the Faroese ballad Seyðmamaðurin á Sondum and the performance itself, this paper will explore how Faroese ballads and ring dancing are not merely forms of story-telling or performances but rather that they are a way to link stories and events to...

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