Mirjana Detelić

Institute for Balkan Studies

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts


Generic Lacuna in the Epic Poems Using the Fog Formula

Abstract: This article is about the modellative potential of a genre, i.e. about one of the main theoretical questions connected with the poetics of oral literature. This is exemplified here by Serbian oral decasyllabic epic poetry, more precisely by the modelling of the epic formula the “appearance of the horseman/hero from/in the fog”.

Keywords: formula, epics, small forms of folklore, fog, horseman, hero