Turkish Folk Romance as Performance Art
Ilhan Basgoz
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/17/2008
Format: Paperback 11 b&w photos, 7 figures
ISBN: 978-0-253-38017-3
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Hikâye is an engaging study of Turkish romance by its leading contemporary student. Ilhan Basgöz presents vivid descriptions of the singers who perform these tales, the performance venues, interactions between singers and audiences, and the romance texts as artistic objects. Part of the fun is the playful interaction between the author and the seasoned characters who taught him their poetic craft. Hikâye will be the definitive work on this tradition, which has cognates in Persian and Arabic tale-telling, as well as links to European medieval romances. A valuable contribution to folklore studies, for scholars, students, and general readers alike.

Author Bio

Ilhan Bagöz is Professor Emeritus of Folklore and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University.


“A truly important contribution to folklore and to Turkish studies. The interviews with the artists, the text of the romance, and the index of fifty romances make the work an essential contribution to folkloristics.”
 — Henry Glassie

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Kars
3. The Ashik
4. Pattern and Structural Analysis of the Hikâye
5. Performance
6. The Audience

Epilogue: A Sad Farewell

Appendix A Plot Outlines of Fifty Hikâye Romances

References Cited
General Index