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  • A World of Others' Wordsby Richard Bauman

    Wiley 2008; US$ 125.95

    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 speak... more...

  • Charms and Charming in Europeby Dr Jonathan Roper

    Palgrave Macmillan 2004; US$ 118.00

    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,"... 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...

  • Of Corpseby Peter Narvaez

    Utah State University Press 2003; US$ 20.95

    Laughter, contemporary theory suggests, is often aggressive in some manner and may be prompted by a sudden perception of incongruity combined with memories of past emotional experience. Given this importance of the past to our recognition of the comic, it follows that some "traditions" dispose us to ludic responses. The studies in Of Corpse:... more...

  • So They Understandby William Schneider

    Utah State University Press 2003; US$ 19.95

    Illustrated with numerous stories collected from Alaska, the Yukon, and South Africa and further enlivened by the author's accessible style and experiences as a longtime oral historian and archivist, So They Understand is a comprehensive study of the special challenges and concerns involved in documenting, representing, preserving, and interpreting... more...

  • The Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publicsby Karin Barber

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 30.00

    Thought-provoking study of the relationship between verbal and oral texts and their role in society. more...