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  • The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Centerby Edward P. Comentale; Aaron Jaffe

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 25.99

    They have stalked the horizons of our culture, wreaked havoc on moribund concepts of dead and not dead, threatened our sense of identity, and endangered our personal safety. Now zombies have emerged from the lurking shadows of society?s fringes to wander the sacred halls of the academy, feasting on tender minds and hurling rot across our intellectual... more...

  • Black Cats and Evil Eyesby Chloe Rhodes

    Michael O'Mara 2014; US$ 9.99

    An amusing and scholarly look at the fascinating stories behind old-fashioned legends and superstition This collection investigates the origins of history's most intriguing old-fashioned superstitions, many of which people still find themselves abiding by today. Hundreds of the beliefs passed down through the generations have their foundations... more...

  • Signifying Animalsby Roy Willis

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 66.95

    A fresh assessment of the workings of animal symbolism in diverse cultures. Reconsiders the concept of totemism and exposes common fallacies in symbolic interpretation. more...

  • A World of Others' Wordsby Richard Bauman

    Wiley 2008; US$ 129.95

    Drawing on his work in Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, North America, Ghana, and Fiji, linguistic anthropologist and folklorist Richard Bauman presents a series of ethnographic case studies that offer a sparkling look at intertextuality as communicative practice. A fascinating perspective on intertextuality: the idea that written and spoken texts... more...

  • Charms and Charming in Europeby Dr Jonathan Roper

    Palgrave Macmillan 2004; US$ 125.00

    Historical records of charms, the verbal element of vernacular magic, date back at least as far as the late middle ages, and charming has continued to be practiced until recently in most parts of Europe. And yet, the topic has received only scattered scholarly attention to date. By bringing together many of the leading authorities on charms and charming... more...

  • Urban Legendsby Nick Harding

    Pocket Essentials 2006; US$ 7.99

    In this book Nick Harding sets out to describe a host of Urban Legends suggesting that we should not dismiss them purely as nonsense nor accept them as gospel truth but by striving to understand their underlying meanings we begin to see their true worth as folklore for the modern world. To understand folklore and therefore the realm of the Urban Legend... more...

  • Healing Logicsby Erika Brady

    Utah State University Press 1802; US$ 18.95

    Scholars in folklore and anthropology are more directly involved in various aspects of medicine?such as medical education, clinical pastoral care, and negotiation of transcultural issues?than ever before. Old models of investigation that artificially isolated "folk medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine," and "biomedicine" as mutually... more...

  • Imagined Statesby Luisa Del Giudice

    Utah State University Press 2003; US$ 19.95

    An international ensemble of folklore scholars looks at varied ways in which national and ethnic groups have traditionally and creatively used imagined states of existence-some idealizations, some demonizations-in the construction of identities for themselves and for others. Drawing on oral traditions, especially as represented in traditional ballads,... more...

  • Listening For A Lifeby Patricia Sawin

    Utah State University Press 2004; US$ 16.95

    In one sense a folklorist's portrayal of a notable folk artist's life and art, Listening for a Life is equally a rethinking of the processes involved in such work, not only in how the folklorist conveys her subject but in how her subject constitutes and performs herself into being through dialogue with others: those present, those once present,... more...

  • Dictionary of Plant Loreby D.C. Watts

    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...