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Contemporary Legend: A Reader

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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From the vanishing hitchhiker to the hook-handed killer, from the vaginal serpent to Elvis Alive!, and from the "McWorm" burger to the mouse in the cola can, 23 essays examine this genre, and its effect on society. Explores interpretation, reactions, folklore and film, the social construction of urban legends, new legends, folklore in the black community, and legend, truth, and news. Fascinating reading. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815313175
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: New Perspectives in Folklore Series , #4
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 1,247,698
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Interpreting Urban Legends 1
Legend: Performance and Truth 17
Belief and Disbelief: An Examination of Reactions to the Presentation of Rumour Legends 41
Folklore and Film: Some Thoughts on Baughman Z500-599 55
Psychic Ambiguity at the Legend Core 69
Legends as Narrative Response 91
Contemporary Legend: A Legendary Genre? 103
The Razor Blade in the Apple: The Social Construction of Urban Legends 113
The "Image on Glass": Technology, Tradition, and the Emergence of Folklore 133
Alligators in the Sewers 153
Legend-Trips and Satanism: Adolescents' Ostensive Traditions as "Cult" Activity 167
The Rat-Dog: An Example of a "New" Legend 187
Welcome to the Mainland, Welcome to the World of AIDS: Cultural Variability, Localization and Contemporary Legend 209
The Vaginal Serpent and Other Themes from Mexican-American Women's Lore 225
A Mass Poisoning Rumor in Europe 245
Why Are There So Many Modern Legends About Revenge? 261
Legendry, Metafolklore, and Performance: A Mexican-American Example 267
Elvis Alive?: The Ideology of American Consumerism 289
The Atlanta Child Murders: A Case Study of Folklore in the Black Community 299
The Third Force in American Folklore: Folk Narratives and Social Structures 311
Legend, Truth, and News 325
Satanism: Where Are the Folklorists? 341
"Now Everything Makes Sense!": Complicating the Contemporary Legend Picture 363
Appendix to Acknowledgements 381
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