WP32 Ethnopoetics as functional reconstruction: Dell Hymes? narrative view of the world

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In what follows, I will introduce ethnopoetics in general terms, avoiding a technical expos? (for which, anyway, there is no substitute to reading Hymes? work) but focusing on the main theoretical assumptions underlying it. Next, I will engage in a discussion of the way in which Hymes sees ethnopoetic analysis as a tactic for restoring, reconstructing and repatriating the functions of narratives. Finally, I will turn to the critical and humanist dimensions of Hymes? ethnopoetics, arguing for a political reading of his ethnopoetic work. But before that, let us have a quick look at the books.