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- Algonquin Books 2001; US$ 15.95
How did cranes come to symbolize matrimonial happiness? Why were magpies the only creatures that would not go inside Noah's Ark? Birds and bird imagery are integral parts of our language and culture. With her remarkable ability to dig up curious and captivating facts, Diana Wells hatches a treat for active birders and armchair enthusiasts alike.... more...
- University of Minnesota Press 2009; US$ 68.00
The juxtaposition of biopolitical critique and animal studiestwo subjects seldom theorized togethersignals the double-edged intervention of Animal Capital. Nicole Shukin pursues a resolutely materialist engagement with the question of the animal, challenging the philosophical idealism that has dogged the question by tracing... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 1999; US$ 120.00
Animals appear not just as biological creatures, but as vehicles of meaning for human imagination, mind and culture. Animal life may form the basis for an animalizing imagination that can enhance our cultural, religious and aesthetic sensibilities. This imagination is rooted in the pre-modern affective relationship between shamans and their familiars,... more...
Berakhyah Ben Natronai ha-Nakdan, Sefer Ko?a? ha-Avanim (On the Virtue of the Stones). Hebrew Text and English Translation.BRILL 2010; US$ 131.00
The lore of the supposed magic and medical virtue of stones goes back to the Babylonians and peaks out in the lapidary literature of the Middle Ages. The famous work of Marbode of Rennes, which made lapidaries a very popular type of medieval scientific literature, was translated into numerous vernacular languages. The Jewish tradition, missing a particular... more...
- Infinite Ideas 2012; US$ 8.95
The Book of Dragon Lore is an enchanting, beautifully illustrated accompaniment to a series of books that chronicle the adventures of Jack Brenin, finder of the golden acorn. Deep inside Falconrock, hidden from Humankind, is a secret library. None may enter, unless they have permission or know how to open its doors, for it contains all the ancient... more...
- The University Press of Kentucky 2002; US$ 25.00
This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the importance of investigating oral folk tales in their socio-political context and traces their evolution into literary fairy... more...
- ABC-CLIO 1992; US$ 44.00
The stories of a Cinderella character go far beyond the familiar tales of Perrault and Grimm. Author Judy Sierra presents 24 versions that represent a broad range of cultures and geographical areas, styles, with variations on the theme of the persecuted heroine (or occasionally hero) who emerges victorious, regardless of the circumstances. Each version... more...
- Elsevier Science 2007; US$ 63.95
Knowledge of plant names can give insight into largely forgotten beliefs. For example, the common red poppy is known as "Blind Man" due to an old superstitious belief that if the poppy were put to the eyes it would cause blindness. Many plant names derived from superstition, folk lore, or primal beliefs. Other names are purely descriptive and can serve... more...