The European Folktale

The European Folktale

Author: Max Lüthi

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253203937

Category: Social Science

Page: 173

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" --Library JournalLüthi demonstrates how the folktale, by its very distance from reality, can play upon the most important themes of human existence.

Types and Motifs of the Judeo-Spanish Folktales (RLE Folklore)

Types and Motifs of the Judeo-Spanish Folktales (RLE Folklore)

Author: Reginetta Haboucha

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317549352

Category: Social Science

Page: 966

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This monumental book, first published in 1992, represents a major contribution to Sephardic and Hispanic studies as well as to comparative folklore scholarship in a worldwide perspective. After many years of fieldwork and extensive archival investigations in Spain, Israel and the United States, the author has brought together and analysed a massive body of primary sources. This is the first collection of Sephardic narratives offered to the English-speaking reader, and constitutes an important addition to the understanding of Sephardic cultural tradition.

Thematics Reconsidered

Thematics Reconsidered

Author: Frank Trommler

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9051837879

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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Responding to a new interest in thematic studies, the volume features essays by some of the leading scholars from the United States and Europe. In honor of Horst S. Daemmrich, the co-author with Ingrid Daemmrich of the handbook Themes and Motifs in Western Literature, the contributors reassess, both in theory and in case studies, the viability of thematics as part of contemporary literary criticism. They demonstrate the broad scope of methodologies between strict systematization of themes and motifs and reader-response conceptions of 'theming.' Special topics include a thematology of the Jewish people; motifs in folklore; a cluster on madness, hysteria, and mastery; the story of Judith; Cinderella; thematics in Dürrenmatt and Isaac Babel; chaos as a theme. A concluding chapter illuminates aspects of nineteenth-century literary history.

Night Riders in Black Folk History

Night Riders in Black Folk History

Author: Gladys-Marie Fry

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807849634

Category: Social Science

Page: 251

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During and after the days of slavery in the United States, one way in which slaveowners, overseers, and other whites sought to control the black population was to encourage and exploit a fear of the supernatural. By planting rumors of evil spirits, haunte

An Arkansas Folklore Sourcebook

An Arkansas Folklore Sourcebook

Author: W K McNeil

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781682261583

Category:

Page: 288

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Arkansas's rich folk tradition is shown by the variety of its manifestations: a 250-year-old ballad, an archaic method of hewing railroad crossties with a broadax, the use of poultices and toddies to treat the common cold, and swamps of evil repute are all parts of the tradition that constitutes Arkansas folklore. In fact, as the essays selected by W.K. McNeil and William M. Clements show, these few examples only begin to tell the story. Starting with a working description of folklore as "cultural material that is traditional and unofficial" and characterized by a pattern of oral transmission, variation, formulaic structures, and usually uncertain origin, the authors survey in detail a wide array of folk objects, activities, beliefs, and customs. Among the rich offerings in this sourcebook are a discussion of the history of folklore research in Arkansas, an examination of some of the traditional songs and music still being preformed, a thoughtful exploration of the serious side of "tall tales" and "windies," an investigation of folk architecture in Arkansas and what it reveals about our cultural origins, a study of many traditional foods and there preparation methods, an analysis of superstitions and beliefs, and a description of festivals and celebrations that are observed to this day. Complemented by biographies of reference works and audio and video recordings of the state's folk materials, An Arkansas Folklore Sourcebook is the first complete guide to the study of one state's "unofficial culture."

American Folktales: From the Collections of the Library of Congress

American Folktales: From the Collections of the Library of Congress

Author: Carl Lindahl

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317477228

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 807

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This two-volume collection of folktales represents some of the finest examples of American oral tradition. Drawn from the largest archive of American folk culture, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, this set comprises magic tales, legends, jokes, tall tales and personal narratives, many of which have never been transcribed before, much less published, in a sweeping survey. Eminent folklorist and award-winning author Carl Lindahl selected and transcribed over 200 recording sessions - many from the 1920s and 1930s - that span the 20th century, including recent material drawn from the September 11 Project. Included in this varied collection are over 200 tales organized in chapters by storyteller, tale type or region, and representing diverse American cultures, from Appalachia and the Midwest to Native American and Latino traditions. Each chapter begins by discussing the storytellers and their oral traditions before presenting and introducing each tale, making this collection accessible to high school students, general readers or scholars.

Cultures of Witchcraft in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present

Cultures of Witchcraft in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present

Author: Jonathan Barry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319637846

Category: History

Page: 283

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This volume is a collection based on the contributions to witchcraft studies of Willem de Blécourt, to whom it is dedicated, and who provides the opening chapter, setting out a methodological and conceptual agenda for the study of cultures of witchcraft (broadly defined) in Europe since the Middle Ages. It includes contributions from historians, anthropologists, literary scholars and folklorists who have collaborated closely with De Blécourt. Essays pick up some or all of the themes and approaches he pioneered, and apply them to cases which range in time and space across all the main regions of Europe since the thirteenth century until the present day. While some draw heavily on texts, others on archival sources, and others on field research, they all share a commitment to reconstructing the meaning and lived experience of witchcraft (and its related phenomena) to Europeans at all levels, respecting the many varieties and ambiguities in such meanings and experiences and resisting attempts to reduce them to master narratives or simple causal models. The chapter 'News from the Invisible World: The Publishing History of Tales of the Supernatural c.1660-1832' is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com.