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The Franke Institute Presents: Haun Saussy on "The Curious History of ‘Oral Literature’"
Oral literature-songs, stories, poems, jokes, epics-is presumably almost as old as human language, but interest in it is far younger. This talk will explore when the nature of oral recitation and transmission became an important problem for philologists.

Cost: Free
Registration Required: 773.702.8274 or

Please join us for "The Curious History of ‘Oral Literature’," a Chicago Humanities Forum talk by Haun Saussy. Saussy is a Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, with interests in Classical Chinese poetry and commentary, literary theory, comparative study of oral traditions, problems of translation, and pre-twentieth-century media history.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago's Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Chicago Humanities Forum is a series of free public talks by renowned University scholars. All Chicago Humanities forum talks take place at the University's Gleacher Center in room 621.


Please RSVP by Friday, February 7 at 773.702.8274 or For more information on the Franke Institute for the Humanities, please visit


Event Contact
Mai Vukcevich

Staff Liaison
Zach Rus


Event Information
Wednesday, Feb 12 2014 at 5:00pm - 6:00pm [ iCal ]
Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.
Chicago, IL 60611