Loading the player ...

Albert Lord: Odyssey Pattern

Peter d’Agostino © 1986/2022
Video installation
Preview: 4 of 30min loop  Edition: 5+2 AP

Albert Lord at Harvard University in 1986 reflecting on his work
with Milman Parry regarding the oral tradition and Homeric epic poetry.
He also describes the apparatus to record oral singers in Yugoslavia, 1934.

Albert Bates Lord (1912-1991) was a professor of Slavic and comparative
literature at Harvard and author of the classic work, The Singer of Tales.
"With oral poetry we are dealing with a particular and distinctive process
in which oral learning, oral composition, and oral transmission almost
merge; they seem to be different facets of the same process."