Discussions of Versification in Minstrel Tale Tradition and Analysis of Koroglu Poems in Formulaic Theory


MILLI FOLKLOR, sa.110, ss.41-55, 2016 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Dergi Adı: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.41-55


This study is a structural debate on dogmatic idea of "poems of minstrel tales should be and is preserved as inherited from traditional heritage" developed in Anatolian minstrel tale tradition studies in the course of time. Studies of pioneers of area such as M. Fuat Koprulu, Pertev Naili Boratav, Sukru Elgin, Umay Gunay, Ali Berat Alptekin are said to have an affective role on developing and fixing of this perception, while a mass of followers, even could be considered in a bibliographic study are still defending. It can easily be said that the perception rooted in minstrel tradition still forms the approaches toward other folk literature products such as folk song, epic, mani etc. and specially some polemical concepts of Turkish folk music studies like authenticity, variation etc. In treatment of the problematic, this study contextualizes Anatolian Koroglu narratives, on which extensive research labour was given and serves as a proposal repository to understand academic tradition. The study examines definitions of researchers on both Koroglu narrating tradition and generalizations in folk literature researches paying attention to all minstrel tales. The texts and personal ideas will be examined through formula conceptualization of Oral Composition Theory. Using more than one version of Koroglu narratives, dilemmas and dogmatical compliances stemming from inalterability theory will be examined; in other words, using the Oral Composition Theory, self rules of minstrelsy and not the academic ones will be explained.