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- DescriptionThis volume is about North American Marchen, a vernacular art form that is often strangely igred or misconstrued. At the same time, the vitality and appeal of the genre are evidenced by its persistent presentation as written literature. The essays in this volume reexamine common assumptions about magic tales and their tellers, reconsidering the performance, collection, transcription, publication, and interpretation of narratives that continue to live orally-especially in the private realm-as one mechanism of intergenerational communication or as a symbolic expression of worldview. In addition to four interpretive essays, six segments focus on storytellers and their transcribed narratives, accompanied by introductions that place them in context. Some segments compare editing practices or narrative styles; others represent the first publication of contemporary narratives or tales that have long lain in archives, unheard and unavailable. All attest to the skill of the tellers and the artistry of their creations.
- Author BiographyCarl Lindahl is Professor of English at the University of Houston.
- PublisherIndiana University Press
- Date of Publication22/11/2001
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleSpecial Publications of the Folklore Institute, Indiana University
- Place of PublicationBloomington, IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintIndiana University Press
- Content Note8 b&w photos
- Weight318 g
- Width155 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Edited byCarl Lindahl
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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