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Tales, Rumors, and Gossip Exploring Contemporary Folk Literature in Grades 7-12

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ISBN-10: 1563081903

ISBN-13: 9781563081903

Edition: 1996

Authors: Gail de Vos

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Explore the stories and themes that capture the imagination of young people today. After a fascinating overview and discussion of contemporary legends (commonly referred to as modern urban legends and often told as "true"), de Vos examines them in their relationship to rumors and gossip, ostension (acting out the legends), the role of the media in formulation and dissemination, and related tales (e.g., literary horror tales). A sampling of tales is organized into broad subject areas, such as contaminated food, threats to children, and satanic legends, and the legends are analyzed according to function, structure, and international variants. De Vos discusses some of the literary and visual adaptations in popular culture and offers suggestions for adapting tales for the junior high and high school curriculum. A fascinating professional book, this is a great resource to use with young adults.
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 4/15/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 426
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Gail de Vos, Merle Harris and Celia Barker Lottridge are internationally-known storytellers. Gail de Vos and Merle Harris are from Edmonton. Celia Barker Lottridge lives in Toronto.

Introduction
Contemporary Legends
Gossip, Rumors, and Contemporary Legends
Mass Media and Contemporary Legends
Ostension: Legend Tripping, "Bloody Mary," Poisoned Halloween Treats, and Mercantile Legends
Related Genres
Science, Technology, and the Contemporary Legend
Contaminated Food
Thieves
Spiders, Snakes, and Animal Tales
Threats to Our Children: Stolen Body Parts, AIDS, Abductions, and Tattoos
Modern Concerns: Satanic Legends
Scary Stories
"The Vanishing Hitchhiker"
La Llorona - The Weeping Woman
Appendix: Classroom Extensions
Legend Index
Literary Index
Subject Index