Table of Contents

Introduction.
"And the verse is thus" : Icelandic stories about magical poems.
"I'll give you three guesses" : Scots riddle-tales and the dynamics of genre.
"What shall we give you?" : calibrations of genre in a Mexican market.
"Bell, you get the spotted pup" : first person narratives of a Texas storyteller.
"That I can't tell you" : negotiating performance with a Nova Scotia fisherman.
"Go, my reciter, recite my words" : mediation, tradition, authority.
Epilogue