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Exploring Arab Folk Literature$
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Pierre Cachia

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640867

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.001.0001

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Pulp Stories in the Repertoire of Egyptian Folk Singers

Pulp Stories in the Repertoire of Egyptian Folk Singers

(p.119) 10 Pulp Stories in the Repertoire of Egyptian Folk Singers
Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Pierre Cachia

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses pulp stories in the repertoire of Egyptian folk singers. In the hands of a master, pulp stories may incorporate characteristic folk themes. The chapter examines the tazhīr or the ‘opening of the flower’, which sets apart pulp stories from other forms of performances. These pulp stories have rhymes that are inflated into multiple and usually polysyllabic paronomasias achieved by extensive distortion of the normal pronunciation of words. This involves omitting, adding, or altering vowels, semi-consonants, glottal stops, retaining only the consonants in their correct order, so that the result may be called a ‘consonantal’ pun. In addition, pulp stories do not twang the deepest nerves in the consciousness of the common folk.

Keywords:   pulp stories, folk singers, Egyptian folk literature, tazhīr, polysyllabic paronomasias, consonantal pun

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