Friday, February 20, 2009

PUBL.- Azerbaijani Women Poet-Minstrels, Anna C. Oldfield

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PUBL.- Azerbaijani Women Poet-Minstrels, Anna C. Oldfield

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New Book Announcement

Azerbaijani Women Poet-Minstrels: Women Ashiqs from the Eighteenth
Century to the Present

by Anna C. Oldfield


This work examines women asiqs and their poetry, contextualizing
their lives and works within discussions of the history, music,
poetics, and social importance of the asiq in Azerbaijan. Theoretical
concerns addressed include the interplay of oral and written
literature, discourse of national and transnational identities,
dynamics of cooperation and resistance in the Soviet Union, the
interplay of tradition and innovation in folklore, and gender roles in
Azerbaijani society. This book contains sixteen black and white
photographs and twelve color photographs.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Prof. Sarah Moment Atis

Part I: The World of Saz and Söz
1. Introduction
2. Azerbaijan: The Odlar Yurdu
3. The Origins of Asiq Arts
4. Asiq Arts in Performance

Part II: Lives and Times
1. The 19th Century
2. The 20th Century

Part III: Tradition and Transformation
1. 1984 and the Asiq Pari Maclisi
2. Asiq Arts in the Contemporary World
3. Tradition and Transformation

ISBN10: 0-7734-4990-6 ISBN13: 978-0-7734-4990-9
Pages: 276
Year: 2008
Subject Areas: Music & Dance, Women's Studies
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

USA List Price: $109.95 UK List Price: £69.95

Anna C. Oldfield is Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature and a
Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies at Hamilton College. She earned
her Ph.D. in Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of

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