Author Picture

R.H. Finnegan

Current research includes:
Local radio in Fiji, with special reference to music, linking with colleagues' work on migrating music's and the BBC World Service.
The study of 'entrancement': investigating a range of innovative sources and methods concerning dreams, telepathy and nonverbal communicating at a distance.
As anthropologist, experiencing and reflecting on narrative- and poetic-creation from dreams (under name of Catherine Farrar)
Editing classical texts for a wider readership (Greek and Latin)
Published books
Survey of the Limba people of northern Sierra Leone, Overseas Research Publication No.8, 1965.
Limba stories and story-telling, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1967, Reprinted, Greenwood Press, Connecticut, 1981 (new edition in preparation).
Oral Literature in Africa, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1970; paperback OUP, Nairobi, 1976. Japanese translation (chapter 1) 1971 (2nd (illustrated) edition, Cambridge Open Book Publications 2012).
Modes of thought. Essays on thinking in Western and non-Western societies (ed. with Robin Horton), Faber and Faber, London, 1973.
Oral Poetry: Its Nature, Significance and Social Context, Cambridge University Press, 1977, illustrated; paperback, 1980; 2nd edition, Indiana University Press 1992 (new edition in preparation).
The Penguin book of oral poetry (ed.), Allen Lane, 1978; also published as A world treasury of oral poetry, Indiana University Press, 1978; paperback, Penguin 1982.
Essays on Pacific literature (ed. with Raymond Pillai). Oral Tradition Series, 2, Suva, Fiji Museum, 1978.
Conceptions of inquiry (ed. with Stuart Brown and John Fauvel), Methuen, 1981.
New approaches to economic life (ed. with Bryan Roberts and Duncan Gallie), Manchester University Press, 1985.
Information technology: social issues (ed. with G.Salaman and K.Thompson), Hodder and Stoughton, 1987.