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Folk literature (General), Including folktales, legends

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  • 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...

  • 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

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

  • The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales [Three Volumes]by Donald Haase

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2007; US$ 300.00

    Hundreds of alphabetically entries on themes and motifs, individuals, characters and character types, national traditions, genres, and other topics survey folk and fairy tales from around the world. more...

  • The Greenwood Library of World Folktales [Four Volumes]by Thomas A. Green

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2008; US$ 300.00

    Selects and annotates a vast array of folktales from around the world. more...

  • The Philosophy of Enchantmentby R. G. Collingwood; David Boucher; Philip Smallwood

    Oxford University Press, UK 2004; US$ 48.99

    This is the long-awaited publication of a set of writings by the British philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R.G. Collingwood (1889-1943) on critical, anthropological, and cultural themes only hinted at in his previously available work. At the core are six essays on folktale and magic in which Collingwood applies the principles of his philosophy... more...

  • African American Folktalesby Thomas Green

    ABC-CLIO 2009; US$ 55.00

    African American culture has a rich tradition of folktales. Written for students and general readers, this volume gathers a sampling of the most important African American folktales. Included are nearly 50 tales grouped in thematic chapters on origins; heroes, heroines, villains, and fools; society and conflict; and the supernatural. Each tale begins... 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...

  • Tales, Then and Now: More Folktales As Literary Fictions for Young Adultsby Anna Altmann; Gail de Vos

    ABC-CLIO 2001; US$ 42.00

    Altmann and de Vos are back with more great ideas for exploring contemporary reworkings of classic folk and fairy tales that appeal to teen readers. If you loved New Tales for Old (Libraries Unlimited, 1999), this new work will be sure to please. Following the same format, each story includes tale type numbers, motifs, and lists of reworkings arranged... more...

  • Storytelling In Daily Lifeby Kristin Langellier; Eric Peterson

    Temple University Press 2011; US$ 30.95

    Storytelling is perhaps the most common way people make sense of their experiences, claim identities, and "get a life." So much of our daily life consists of writing or telling our stories and listening to and reading the stories of others. But we rarely stop to ask: what are these stories? How do they shape our lives? And why do they matter?The authors... more...