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World Oral Literature Series

We are proud to produce the unique and timely World Oral Literature series in partnership with the World Oral Literature Project, directed by Mark Turin at the University of British Columbia. 

Including some of our most-read titles, this long-running series was designed to preserve and promote the oral literatures of Indigenous people by publishing materials on endangered traditions in innovative, responsive, ethical and culturally-appropriate ways.

Situated at the intersection of anthropology, folklore, linguistics and information studies, the study of oral genres is an exciting and fast-developing field, but one with few publishing outlets.

We work with researchers to locate opportunities and principled strategies for including recordings of the oral literatures contained in their monographs and edited collections, thus helping to preserve the richness and contextual meaning of oral narratives in ways that invite critical engagement with questions of representation and reuse.

Photo:A Pochury woman listens to a recording of her own singing. Kohima (Nagaland), 2005. Alban von Stockhausen.

Stories from Quechan Oral Literature
Linguistic work by A.M. Halpern and Amy Miller