Journal of American Folklore 116 (2003) twentieth century. As a collector and a scholar, he acknowledges that his motives are, in part, patriotic, to preserve a national heritage. But he does not let his partisanship interfere with his scholarship. Miller has done us a valuable service in bringing together this anthology. We now know the good schoolmaster not only as a great collector, but as a thoughtful scholar. Textualization of Oral Epics. Ed. Lauri Honko. Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs 128. (Berlin: Mouton DeGruyter, 2000. Pp. vii + 397.) The Oral Epic: Performance and Music. Ed. Karl Reichl. Intercultural Music Studies, 12. (Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 2000. Pp. vii + 248, illustrations.) David Elton Gay Indiana University At one time most editors and textual critics would have agreed that the purpose of textual criticism and editing was to present the best possible text, if necessary by creating composite texts that were supposed to represent the text as it should have been. Today scholars question the assumptions and results of the older forms of textual criticism, finding, for instance, that these composite texts often seriously misrepresent the texts and textual traditions, for they represent no attested
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Jul 11, 2003
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