Folktales Told Around the World

ISBN-10: 0226158748
ISBN-13: 9780226158747
Edition: 1978
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Description: All the selections in Richard M. Dorson's Folktales Told around the World were recorded by expert collectors, and the majority of them are published here for the first time. The tales presented are told in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe,  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 1978
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 648
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

All the selections in Richard M. Dorson's Folktales Told around the World were recorded by expert collectors, and the majority of them are published here for the first time. The tales presented are told in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America, and Oceania. Unlike other collections derived in large part from literary texts, this volume meets the criteria of professional folklorists in assembling only authentic examples of folktales as they were orally told. Background information, notes on the narrators, and scholarly commentaries are provided to establish the folkloric character of the tales.

In 1957, Richard M. Dorson replaced Stith Thompson as the head of folklore studies at Indiana University, establishing himself as a major scholar and perhaps the foremost influence in the field. Dorson is often called the father of American folklore. In addition, he is given credit for bringing about an international or cross-cultural approach to the subject. Dorson was editor of the Journal of American Folklore (1959-63), president of the American Folklore Society (1967-68), and author of numerous studies on the subject. His textbook, American Folklore (1959), which employs a historical approach, was the first comprehensive study of the subject. In it he attempted to bring about what he calls a hemispheric theory, wherein the disciplines of both folklore and history are combined, stressing the intimate bonds between the culture of the folk and the history of the American experience. It is still recognized as a classic work.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Choosing the World's Folktales
Europe Ireland
The Cold May Night
Scotland (Lowlands)
The King of England Johnnie in the Cradle Applie and Orangie
The Aberdonians and the Chocolates
The Lone Highlander The Minister to His Flock
Scotland (Highlands)
The Blacksmith's Son Black Patrick's Bowshot England
The Grey Goose Feathers
The Five-Pound Note France
The Scalded Wolf Spain
The Unbeliever and the Skull Santa Catalina
The Mass of Saint Joseph Italy
The Tale of Sister Cat
The Dove and the Fox Switzerland Robert Wildhaber Summoned into the Valley of Josaphat About the Black Spider Sennentunscheli on the Wyssenboden
The Knife in the Hay Germany
The Swinehard Who Married a Princess The Ox as Mayor Norway
The Drinking Horn Stolen from theHuldreFolk at (a) Vallerhaug, (b) Vellerhaug, (c) Hifjell
The Altarpiece in Ringsaker Church Finland
The Hunter's Joke Poland
The Holy Figure in the Szaflary The Ages of Man Song of the Thief Hungary
The Magic Calk Lazybones Russia The Sorcerer and His Apprentice
The Lake Spirits of Peristera and Xerovouni Middle East Turkey
The Smart Brother and the Crazy Brother Dervish Baba Egypt
The Sure News Is Up Ahead The Falcon's Daughter Tunisia
The Sparrow and the King Iraq
The Cruel Mother-in-Law Israel
A Dispute in Sign Language A Tale of a Jew Who Bridled the Wind Asia India
The Mother Serpent
The King of Cheats The Monk Who Dueled Mataru the Grandfather Tenali Rama and the King's Pets
The Peasant Thanthanpal Babar Deva the Outlaw Afghanistan
The Romance of Mongol Girl and Arab Boy The Decapitation of Sufi Islam
The Two Thieves With the Same Wife Khastakhumar and Bibinagar
The Seventy-Year-Old Corpse Japan
The Mountain Where Old People Were Abandoned
The Man Who Bought a Dream
The Adulteress Rat
The Gungutan and the Big-Bellied Man Agkon, the Greedy Son
The Seven Young Sky Women
China
The Bridge of Ch'�an-Chou Chu the Rogue
Burma
The Orphan and His Grandmother Korea
Why People's Noses Run When They Catch Cold
The Red Pond
The Kindhearted Crab and the Cunning Mouse
The Grave of the Golden Ruler
The One-Sided Boy Oceania Micronesia
The Ghosts of the Two Mountains
Adventures and Death of Rat
The Maiden Who Married a Crane
The Exiled Sister and Her Son
The Mistreated Stepson
The Spirit Who Swallowed People
The First Getting of the Way to CultivateCyrtosperma

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