Riddle of the Riddle

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Routledge, Jan 31, 2016 - Social Science - 150 pages
Though one of the smallest genres of verbal culture, and rapidly disappearing, the riddle is one of the most ancient threads of culture. An expert in Russian folklore and cultural history, Senderovich delves into the folk riddle of oral tradition, critically examining several key studies and weighing their conclusions and failures. He identifies a chain of twenty-four functional and structural conditions that make up "the genetic code of the folk riddle," offering an entirely new and unexpected view of the subject.

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