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ERIC Number: ED200051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Aesthetic Patterning of Verbal Art and the Performance-Centered Text.
Fine, Elizabeth C.
An artistic verbal performance is something more than words, yet most critical commentary on this genre focuses on the word, on the linguistic level. A methodology for making performance-centered texts is described based on the performance of "Stagolee," a story that originated from Julius Lester's book, "Black Folktales." A performance-centered text is defined as an intersemiotic translation from performance to print medium, which is to be studied on its own terms as a communicative, aesthetic transaction situated in a particular context. The perceptual focus of the analysis entails a grasping of meaning and reflects an intuitional epistemology. A performance of the story was videotaped, and paralinguistic and kinesic features were noted as well as vocal characterizers, dialect, pauses, emphases, and audience response. These were translated into the written text, transcribed in such a way that readers can restore the integral presence of the original text through performance. A comparison is made of this translation of the text and Lester's version. One conclusion of the study is that texts which neglect to record nonverbal and contextual features have missed a vital part of the aesthetic transaction. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers: Aesthetics; Oral Literature
Note: In its Working Papers in Sociolinguistics, Number 74, p1-40, Sep 80.