All 22 years of the journal Oral Tradition are now available online and free of charge at


             This site now contains nearly 500 articles and 10,000 pages, with all of the contents downloadable as pdf files that you can read online or print out as you wish. The entire electronic archive of Oral Tradition is also searchable by keyword or author name, with phrase-based and Boolean searches possible as well.

                        The Center for Studies in Oral Tradition at the University of Missouri ( thus now offers Oral Tradition to anyone worldwide with an internet connection and a browser. It is hoped that the online, open-access format will enlarge and diversify the journal’s readership, and particularly that it will offer everyone interested in the world’s oral traditions – regardless of their location and academic context – an equal opportunity to contribute actively to the discussion. This field will prosper most readily if it operates as an academic democracy without financial or distributional barriers.

             As for future contents, the next issue of Oral Tradition (volume 22, number 2) will be a special collection devoted to Basque traditions, and will include descriptive and analytical articles, interviews with oral poets, and an eCompanion with photographic, audio, and video support. Beyond that issue we will be publishing articles on Albanian oral law, Native American storytelling, modern Greek oral poetry, Welsh saints’ lives, modern Balinese epic, and many other topics across the international spectrum.


I add that issue 22 includes my own article on Bob DYlan, as mentiond elsewhere on this blog (entry for 27 JUne 2007), at:;


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