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  • Breaking the Magic Spellby Jack Zipes

    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...

  • Browsing Nature's Aislesby Wendy Brown; Eric Brown

    New Society Publishers 2013; US$ 17.95

    Mud clams, knotweed, and plants that bite back one family?s adventures in suburban foraging 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...

  • Children's Folkloreby Brian Sutton-Smith

    Utah State University Press 1999; US$ 20.95

    A collection of orginal essays by scholars from a variety of fields-- includng American studies, folklore, anthropology, pyschology, sociology, and education---Children's Folklore: A Source Book moves beyond traditional social-science views of child development. It reveals the complexity and artistry of interactions among children, challenging stereotypes... more...

  • Children's Folkloreby Brian Sutton-Smith; Jay Mechling; Thomas W. Johnson; Felicia McMahon

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 47.95

    First Published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Cinderellaby Judy Sierra

    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...

  • Collecting Collaborationby Dr Nick Ellis; Dr Paul Hibbert

    Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2008; US$ 199.00

    This e-book aims to explore the uses of stories as data by researchers into inter-organizational collaboration and the kinds of insights gained in such “storied” approaches. It is generally agreed that, at their most foundational, stories are a way of sense-making, a way of understanding a present, preserving or changing a past and dreaming... 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...

  • Encyclopedia of Imaginary and Mythical Placesby Theresa Bane

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 55.00

    The heavens and hells of the world's religions and the "far, far away" legends cannot be seen or visited, but they remain an integral part of culture and history. This encyclopedia catalogs more than 800 imaginary and mythological lands from all over the world, including fairy realms, settings from Arthurian lore, and kingdoms found in... more...

  • Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife [2 volumes]by Pauline Greenhill; Liz Locke; Theresa Vaughan

    ABC-CLIO 2008; US$ 191.00

    From the stone age to the cyber age, women and men have experienced the world differently. Out of a cosmos of goddesses and she-devils, earth mothers and madonnas, witches and queens, saints and whores, a vast body of women's folklore has come into bloom. International in scope and drawing on more than 130 expert contributors, this encyclopedia reviews... more...