Oral-Formulaic Theory: Annotated Bibliography
William Whallon. "Who Wrote Down the Formulaic Poem?" In Actes du Ve Congrès de l'Association Internationale de Litterature Comparee. Ed. Nikola Banasevic. Belgrade and Amsterdam: Beogradski Grafiki Zavod and Swets & Zeitlinger. pp. 469-72.Reviews the evidence for and against Lord's theory of oral dictation (1953a) as it applies to the Homeric, OE, OF, and Biblical traditions. Suggests tabulating the breaches of formulaic thrift as an index to textual strata and the activity of literary interpolators.
Area: AG, OE, BI, OF, CP