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Folklore, Fables, & Fairy Tales: Works Currently Featured
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Folklore, Fables, and Fairy Tales
Aesopic Conversations by
Publication Date: 2010-11-14
Examining the figure of Aesop and the traditions surrounding him, Aesopic Conversations offers a portrait of what Greek popular culture might have looked like in the ancient world. What has survived from the literary record of antiquity is almost entirely the product of an elite of birth, wealth, and education, limiting our access to a fuller range of voices from the ancient past. This book, however, explores the anonymous Life of Aesop and offers a different set of perspectives. Leslie Kurke argues that the traditions surrounding this strange text, when read with and against the works of Greek high culture, allow us to reconstruct an ongoing conversation of "great" and "little" traditions spanning centuries. Delving into Aesop, his adventures, and his crafting of fables, Aesopic Conversations shows how this low, noncanonical figure was--unexpectedly--central to the construction of ancient Greek literature.
Fairy Tales by
Call Number: PN3437.F35 2001
Publication Date: 2000-07-01
Most fairy tales have folk origin, contain improbable events and have a whimsical, satirical or moralist character. The authors in this text discuss the characteristics of the genre, study the various writers and collections, analyze specific fairy tales, and explore the influence of fairy tales have had on literature.
The Irresistible Fairy Tale: the cultural and social history of a genre by
Publication Date: 2012-03-19
If there is one genre that has captured the imagination of people in all walks of life throughout the world, it is the fairy tale. Yet we still have great difficulty understanding how it originated, evolved, and spread--or why so many people cannot resist its appeal, no matter how it changes or what form it takes. In this book, renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes presents a provocative new theory about why fairy tales were created and retold--and why they became such an indelible and infinitely adaptable part of cultures around the world. Drawing on cognitive science, evolutionary theory, anthropology, psychology, literary theory, and other fields, Zipes presents a nuanced argument about how fairy tales originated in ancient oral cultures, how they evolved through the rise of literary culture and print, and how, in our own time, they continue to change through their adaptation in an ever-growing variety of media. In making his case, Zipes considers a wide range of fascinating examples, including fairy tales told, collected, and written by women in the nineteenth century; Catherine Breillat's film adaptation of Perrault's "Bluebeard"; and contemporary fairy-tale drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs that critique canonical print versions. While we may never be able to fully explain fairy tales, The Irresistible Fairy Tale provides a powerful theory of how and why they evolved--and why we still use them to make meaning of our lives.
The Works of La Fontaine
A program about the life and work of the great-and enigmatic-fabulist whose renditions of Aesop in verse hold up animals as a mirror for man. Splendidly illustrated 18th-century books containing the fables as well as other stories by La Fontaine provide the visuals for some of La Fontaine's most charming and trenchant fables-light-handedly moral, elegantly voiced, and a sourcebook of what have become some of France's most frequently-used aphorisms.
The Baltic Origins of Homer's Epic Tales by
Call Number: PA4037.V4513 2006
Publication Date: 2005-12-20
Compelling evidence that the events of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey took place in the Baltic and not the Mediterranean * Reveals how a climate change forced the migration of a people and their myth to ancient Greece * Identifies the true geographic sites of Troy and Ithaca in the Baltic Sea and Calypso's Isle in the North Atlantic Ocean For years scholars have debated the incongruities in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, given that his descriptions are at odds with the geography of the areas he purportedly describes. Inspired by Plutarch's remark that Calypso's Isle was only five days sailing from Britain, Felice Vinci convincingly argues that Homer's epic tales originated not in the Mediterranean, but in the northern Baltic Sea.
Medieval Culture and Society by
Call Number: Circulation CB351 .M3931 1993
Publication Date: 1993-08-01
This anthology of judiciously selected sources concerned with medieval society & culture presents an intriguing view of Western society during the early Middle Ages, the central Middle Ages, & the late Middle Ages.