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Folk literature (General), Including folktales, legends

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  • Celtic Breeze, The: Stories of the Otherworld from Scotland, Ireland, and Walesby Heather McNeil; Nancy Chien-Eriksen

    ABC-CLIO 2001; US$ 40.00

    Delve into a world of kelpies, mermaids, selkies, ghosts, warlords, and fairies. This collection gives you Celtic tales, previously unrecorded or only found in obscure compilations. Mostly collected by the author on her ancestral home of the Isle of Barra in the Hebrides, these lesser-known tales from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales are supported by... more...

  • Snakes in Myth, Magic, and History: The Story of a Human Obsessionby Diane Morgan

    ABC-CLIO 2008; US$ 55.00

    The snake is one of humankind's most powerful and ambiguous symbols: it has at various times represented immortality and death, male and female, deity and demon, circle and line, killer and healer, the highest wisdom and the deepest subconscious. By virtue of its mysterious movement, potent poison, fearful grip, unblinking gaze and lightning quick... 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...

  • Storytelling In Daily Lifeby Kristin Langellier; Eric Peterson

    Temple University Press 2011; US$ 31.95

    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...

  • 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...

  • Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversionby Jack Zipes

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 29.95

    The fairy tale is arguably one of the most important cultural and social influences on children's lives. But until the first publication of Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, little attention had been paid to the ways in which the writers and collectors of tales used traditional forms and genres in order to shape children's lives ? their behavior,... more...

  • Super-Historyby Jeffrey K. Johnson

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 40.00

    In the less than eight decades since Superman's debut in 1938, comic book superheroes have become an indispensable part of American society and the nation's dominant mythology. They represent America's hopes, dreams, fears, and needs. As a form of popular literature, superhero narratives have closely mirrored trends and events in the nation. This study... more...

  • Ancient Symbology in Fantasy Literatureby William Indick

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 40.00

    Archetypal symbols in ancient myths as well as the folktales, nursery stories, and fairytales of the Middle Ages are the blueprints of modern fantasy literature. This book explores the modern dreamscape of present-day fantasy, using the ancient myths and traditional fairytales as guides and shining the light of psychological insight onto every symbolic... more...

  • Playing Deadby Montana Miller

    Utah State University Press 2012; US$ 25.95

    As the Grim Reaper pulls a student out of class to be a ?victim? of drunk driving in a program called ?Every 15 Minutes,? Montana Miller observes the ritual through a folklorist?s lens. Playing Dead examines why hundreds of American schools and communities each year organize these mock tragedies without any national sponsorship or coordination. Often,... more...

  • Primal Mythsby Barbara C. Sproul

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 14.24

    A comprehensive collection of creation stories ranging across widely varying times and cultures, including Ancient Egyptian, African, and Native American. more...