PhD University of Western Sydney 2011 Pages: 430 + 3CDs

I am Pir Sultan Abdal : a hermeneutical study of the self-naming tradition (mahlas) in Turkish Alevi lyric song (deyiş)

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Link to Thesis: http://handle.uws.edu.au:8081/1959.7/507150

Other Links: 'Pir Sultan Abdal: encounters with persona in Alevi lyric song' in Oral Tradition Journal, vol. 26, no. 1 | |


Abridged Abstract:
The lyric songs of Turkish oral tradition broadly understood by the term deyiş provide one of the richest perspectives on the historical construction, communal perceptions and creative impetus of Turkish Alevi culture. One of the most evident defining characteristics of the deyiş is the convention in which the poetic persona to which the lyric is attributed, known as the mahlas, is incorporated in the final verse. While this convention is ubiquitous in this lyric form it has received little scholarly attention particularly in regards to is role in expressive culture. This study approaches Alevi expressive culture by means of focusing on the interpretive force of the mahlas.

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