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  • Turandot's Sisters (RLE Folklore)by Christine Goldberg

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 140.00

    The central tale studied in Turandot?s Sisters , first published in 1993, is The Princess Who Can Not Solve the Riddle, AT 851. Other wisdom tales are surveyed to show that they are separate from the riddle tales in material and in spirit. Customs and beliefs concerning riddling and riddle contests are examined to see what motifs from the tales are... more...

  • Yanagita Kunio and the Folklore Movement (RLE Folklore)by Ronald A. Morse

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 140.00

    Yanagita Kunio almost singlehandedly initiated the serious study of folklore in Japan. Even modern Japanese folklorists who may disagree with his approach or his methods must take his body of work as a point of departure for their own. This book, first published in 1990, puts Yanagita?s career within a historical framework and context, full of detail... more...

  • In Search of the Swan Maidenby Barbara Fass Leavy

    NYU Press 1995; US$ 22.95

    In her compendious study, [of the folktale of the runaway wife] Leavy argues that the contradictory claims of nature and culture are embodied in the legendary figure of the swan maiden, a woman torn between the human and bestial worlds. -- The New York Times Book Review This is a study of the meaning of gender as framed by the swan maiden tale,... more...

  • Tradition and Innovation in Folk Literatureby Wolfgang Mieder

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 51.95

    In this book, first published in 1987, Wolfgang Mieder follows the intriguing trail of some of the best known pieces of folk literature, tracing them from their roots to modern uses in advertising, journalism, politics, cartoons, and poetry. He reveals both the remarkable adaptability of these tales and how each variation reflects cultural and historical... more...

  • Überlieferungsgeschichtenby Rolf Wilhelm Brednich

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 70.00

    R.W. Brednich, the principal editor of the Encyclopedia of the Fairy Tale and best-selling author of legendary tales, presents 26 cultural historical studies that specifically address medial aspects of the European tradition of songs, stories, and images from early modernity to the present time. As key examples of transmission, they... more...

  • The Power of Goldby Peter L. Bernstein

    Wiley 2005; US$ 38.00

    Incorporating myth, history and contemporary investigation, Bernstein tells the story of how human beings have become intoxicated, obsessed, enriched, impoverished, humbled and proud for the sake of gold. From the past to the future, Bernstein's portrayal of gold is intimately linked to the character of humankind. more...

  • The Mythic Forest, the Green Man and the Spirit of Natureby Gary R. Varner

    Algora Publishing 2007; US$ 29.95

    In this world tour of folklore and ancient art, Varner examines the images we give to the spirit of nature and explores this important aspect of human perception. more...

  • Animal Capitalby Nicole Shukin

    University of Minnesota Press 2009; US$ 68.00

    The juxtaposition of biopolitical critique and animal studies—two subjects seldom theorized together—signals 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...

  • Handleiding voor de determinatie van harde dierlijke materialenby Marloes Rijkelijkhuizen

    Amsterdam University Press 2008; US$ 27.50

    A detailed analysis of the determination process of various materials made of animal origin more...

  • Jinn Eviction as a Discourse of Powerby Mohammed Maarouf

    BRILL 2007; US$ 130.00

    This book is much more than an analysis of the schema of domination and submission as it is played out in the social drama of jinn eviction. It is also a source of information on the history and mythology of a saintly lineage, on the day to day running of a pilgrimage centre, on popular Islam, and on traditional conceptions of jinn possession. more...