Metafolklore

Author: Alexander V. Avakov
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479753904
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The book is organized in Folklore Units. Each Folklore Unit has Context and may have one or more Metacontexts with citations of works of great philosophers or writers; hence, the title of the book is Metafolklore. The book covers the life of immigrants from the USSR in the U.S., remembers life in Russia, and gradually concentrates on the modus operandi of the KGB, FBI, CIA, NYPD, NSA, ECHELON, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Al, and ISI. It covers frontiers of legal theory of surveillance. What distinguishes this book is the intensely personal account of the events and issues.

Metafolklore Volume 1

Author: Alexander V Avakov
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781536857658
Format: PDF
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This book is a fictionalized diary. This three-volume edition of the book has parallel texts both in English and in Russian; English text is in black, Russian text is in red. The book is written in a very unconventional way and describes an unconventional experience. It is about the collision of cultures, which any new immigrant may experience. But it is also about the life of a particular kind of newcomer - a highly ideological, even idealistic, political refugee from a country that is the main geopolitical adversary of America. The narrative is a mixture brewed from the high-minded expectations of a former Soviet dissident contrasted with the world of "folklore" where insinuation is reality and with the daily prejudices and outright spy mania found in the various strata of American society. At the same time, this book has an aspect of a folklore study. Elements of folklore - folklore units - are analyzed both from the point of view of an immediate meaning and from the point of view of a broader meaning. The immediate and broader meaning is uncovered through interpretation in contexts. In the process of this interpretation the book navigates in contexts on two levels: (immediate) Contexts and (broader) Metacontexts. These Contexts and Metacontexts are built with the use of citations, which exemplify folklore in the world of ideas (hence the title of this work, Metafolklore). Books used as sources for these citations are primarily those of literature, philosophy, and law, but also of other areas of human knowledge. The Metacontexts are presented in three distinct perspectives: anthropological, psychological, and humanistic. Plus there are Metacontexts representing a dialogue of the author with his daughters who give the perspective of second generation immigrants. Strictly speaking, this book falls in between fiction and nonfiction; not accidently it is called "a fictionalized diary." But even so it leans towards nonfiction in the genre of ethnographic surrealism. The book covers the life of immigrants from the U.S.S.R. in the U.S., remembers life in Russia, describes personal experience of a dissident in the Soviet Union and then, after emigration from the Soviet Union, with the Western intelligence and counter-intelligence organizations. It gradually concentrates on the modus operandi of the Committee for State Security (KGB), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), New York Police Department (NYPD), National Security Agency (NSA), ECHELON, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), Department of Homeland Security, MI5 (British counterintelligence), Mossad, Saudi Intelligence, and ISI (Pakistani military intelligence). It covers frontiers of legal theory of surveillance and of citizen's rights versus such surveillance and how modern surveillance can lead to electronic totalitarianism. What distinguishes this book is the intensely personal account of the events and issues. Because of its coverage of surveillance in America this book has run into certain resistance from some part of the public in the United States. An archetypically hostile reaction to this book was expressed by William Askins, ex CIA Clandestine Service Senior Operations Officer: "This book is chock full of secrets. The public doesn't need to know this stuff and it should be suppressed!" These words, representing usual criticism from certain circles to this kind of literature, were written about one of the sources, which is cited in the book; actually "Metafolklore" has much more "secret" information and the opposition to the cumulative effect of this book is more acute.

Folklore Genres

Author: Dan Ben-Amos
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292724373
Format: PDF, Docs
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The essays in Folklore Genres represent development in folklore genre studies, diverging into literary, ethnographic, and taxonomic questions. The study as a whole is concerned with the concept of genre and with the history of genre theory. A selective bibliography provides a guide to analytical and theoretical works on the topic. The literary-oriented articles conceive of folklore forms, not as the antecedents of literary genres, but as complex, symbolically rich expressions. The ethnographically oriented articles, as well as those dealing with classification problems, reveal dimensions of folklore that are often obscured from the student reading the folklore text alone. It has long been known that the written page is but a pale reproduction of the spoken word, that a tale hardly reflects the telling. The essays in this collection lead to an understanding of the forms of oral literature as multidimensional symbols of communication and to an understanding of folklore genres as systematically related conceptual categories in culture. What kinship terms are to social structure, genre terms are to folklore. Since genres constitute recognized modes of folklore speaking, their terminology and taxonomy can play a major role in the study of culture and society. The essays were originally published in Genre (1969–1971); introduction, bibliography, and index have been added to this edition.

Verbal Art as Performance

Author: Richard Bauman
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 147860798X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The cross-disciplinary and integrative nature of sociolinguistics is clearly evidenced in this highly regarded, insightful volume. Baumans holistic study brings together the separate fields of folklore, anthropology, linguistics, and literary criticism as they focus on verbal art. The work represented here is a clear assembly of perspectives and methodology of these disciplines from the viewpoint of performanceartistic action and artistic event. The basic principles underlying sociolinguistics (patterned variability and context as revealed through language) provide the coherence. In addition to Baumans useful conceptual framework, four lively, informative essays by leading scholars are included that clarify, illustrate, and amplify in an effort to treat verbal art as performance.