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  • Ireland's Birds ? Myths, Legends & Folkloreby Niall Mac Coitir; Gordon D?Arcy

    The Collins Press 2015; US$ 18.99

    Birds have been part of our culture for thousands of years. They have inspired poets and painters, and feature in many legends and place names. Here Niall Mac Coitir provides a comprehensive look at the mythology, legends and folklore of Irish birds, both wild and domestic. He presents various aspects of bird folklore, such as fairy birds, birds of... more...

  • Überlieferungsgeschichtenby Rolf Wilhelm Brednich

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 56.10

    Von R. W. Brednich, Hauptherausgeber der Enzyklopädie des Märchens und Bestsellerautor sagenhafter Geschichten, werden hier 26 kulturhistorische Studien vorgelegt, die sich speziell unter medialen Gesichtspunkten der europäischen Lied-, Erzähl- und Bildüberlieferung von der frühen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart widmen. Als exemplarische Überlieferungsgeschichten... 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...

  • Preserving the Spellby Armando Maggi

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 55.00

    Fairy tales are supposed to be magical, surprising, and exhilarating, an enchanting counterpoint to everyday life that nonetheless helps us understand and deal with the anxieties of that life. Today, however, fairy tales are far from marvelous?in the hands of Hollywood, they have been stripped of their power, offering little but formulaic narratives... more...

  • Hunt the Devilby Robert L. Ivie; Oscar Giner

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 49.95

    Hunt the Devil is a timely and illuminating exploration of demonic imagery in US war culture. In it, authors Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner examine the origins of the Devil figure in the national psyche and review numerous examples from US history of the demonization of America? s perceived opponents. Their analysis demonstrates that American military... more...

  • Storyteller's Sampler: Tales from Tellers around the Worldby Margaret MacDonald

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 45.00

    Ideal for educators and others who work with young children, these stories have been selected because they are easy for anyone to tell, even novices, and they readily engage listeners. Along with each tale, you'll find a profile of the "teller" who provides it, adding a cultural dimension to help you and your audiences better understand the context.... more...

  • The Oral Style (RLE Folklore)by Marcel Jousse

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 140.00

    In this book, first published in 1990, Edgard Sienaert and Richard Whitaker offer the first English translation of Marcel Jousse?s crucially important work, Le style oral . As the translators observe, this study fired the imagination of contemporary intellectuals in Paris soon after its publication and influenced the work of many. In this book, Jousse... more...

  • 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...

  • Zombies and Sexualityby Shaka McGlotten; Steve Jones

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 35.00

    Since the early 2000s, zombies have increasingly swarmed the landscape of popular culture, with ever more diverse representations of the undead being imagined. A growing number of zombie narratives have introduced sexual themes, endowing the living dead with their own sexual identity. The unpleasant idea of the sexual zombie is itself provocative,... more...