David F. Elmer

Oral Tradition Volume 34

December 31, 2020
I'm pleased to announce the publication of Volume 34 of Oral Tradition, featuring articles on the South Slavic ballad "The Building of Skadar" ("the most studied ballad in the history of folkloristics," according to Alan Dundes), the use of proverbial discourse in an Akan royal court in Ghana, a Navajo narrative about Coyote and Skunk, and the strategic use of oral discourse in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Read more about Oral Tradition Volume 34

Albert Lord's The Singer of Tales, 3rd edition

August 17, 2019
Earlier this year, I published with the Center for Hellenic Studies a new Third Edition of Albert Lord's classic study The Singer of Tales. In this edition I have incorporated some minor corrections into Lord's text, and provided as well a new analytical index, which I hope will provide a useful guide for readers--both those encountering Lord's book for the first time, and those returning to it.

Helen North Lecture, March 26, 2018

February 27, 2018
I am honored to have been asked to deliver the annual Helen North Lecture at Swarthmore College. My lecture, “Initiating an Epic, Initiating a Hero: Diomedes and the Iliad,” addresses the role of Diomedes in the Iliad. The lecture will be on Monday, March 26, 2018, at 4:30 pm, in Science Center 199 at Swarthmore College.

"Natales grate numeras?"

March 23, 2017

I am pleased to be delivering a keynote lecture at the upcoming international conference "Natales grate numeras?," celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Zadar, Croatia. I will be speaking on "The Odyssey and the Desires of Traditional Narrative."

Mirko Canevaro, Sept. 6, 2016

July 7, 2016

The Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on the Civilizations of Ancient Greece and Rome will kick off its 2016-17 season with a talk by Dr. Mirko Canevaro on "Majority Rule vs. Consensus: The Practice of Deliberation in the Greek Poleis."


Read more about Mirko Canevaro, Sept. 6, 2016