Verbal Art as Performance:  by Richard  Bauman
150 pages, $19.95 list
0-88133-048-5
978-0-88133-048-9
Verbal Art as Performance
The cross-disciplinary and integrative nature of sociolinguistics is clearly evidenced in this highly regarded, insightful volume. Baumanís 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 performanceóartistic action and artistic event. The basic principles underlying sociolinguistics (patterned variability and context as revealed through language) provide the coherence. In addition to Baumanís 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.
Table of Contents
Part I. VERBAL ART AS PERFORMANCE (Richard Bauman)

1. Introduction
2. The Nature of Performance
3. The Keying of Performance
4. The Patterning of Performance
5. The Emergent Quality of Performance
6. Conclusion

Part II. SUPPLEMENTARY ESSAYS

7. The Story in the Story: Metanarration in Folk Narrative (Barbara A. Babcock)
8. Chamula Genres of Verbal Behavior (Gary H. Gossen)
9. The Training of the Man of Words in Talking Sweet (Roger D. Abrahams)
10. Cuna Ikala: Literature of San Blas (Joel F. Sherzer)