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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales [3 volumes]

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Folk and fairy tales exist in all cultures and are at the heart of civilization. This massive Encyclopedia gives students and general readers a broad, multicultural survey of folk and fairy tales from around the world. Included are hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries written by numerous expert contributors. Entries cover themes and motifs, individuals, characters and character types, national traditions, genres, and a range of other topics. Each entry cites works for further reading, and the Encyclopedia ...

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Overview

Folk and fairy tales exist in all cultures and are at the heart of civilization. This massive Encyclopedia gives students and general readers a broad, multicultural survey of folk and fairy tales from around the world. Included are hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries written by numerous expert contributors. Entries cover themes and motifs, individuals, characters and character types, national traditions, genres, and a range of other topics. Each entry cites works for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources. Literature students will welcome this book as an aid to understanding and analyzing folk and fairy tales as literary forms, while social studies students will appreciate it as an exploration of the essence of world cultures.

Folk and fairy tales exist in all cultures and are at the heart of civilization. The most comprehensive work of its kind, this massive Encyclopedia gives students and general readers a broad, accessible, multicultural survey of folk and fairy tales from around the world. Edited by one of the foremost authorities on the subject, the Encyclopedia draws on the work of numerous expert contributors and covers a broad range of themes and motifs, characters and character types, genres, individuals, national traditions, and other topics.

Entry topics were chosen in consultation with a nine-member Advisory Board that includes some of the most prominent scholars currently pursuing the study of folk and fairy tales, such as Professor Jack Zipes of the University of Minnesota, whose work has revolutionized research on fairy tales.

Entries cite works for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources. Literature students will value this book as an aid to understanding and analyzing folk and fairy tales as literary forms, while social studies students will appreciate the book's examination of the foundations of world cultures. And because many of these tales continue to influence films, television, and popular culture, general readers will welcome the Encyclopedia as a means of understanding the modern world.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This unique three-volume set is an important addition to folklore and fairy-tale studies as it offers for the first time an encyclopedic introduction to the scholarship of this flourishing field. Global in geographical and cultural scope and covering a broad historical and disciplinary range, it features information about significant individuals and traditions from throughout the world, from antiquity to the present day. . . . Additionally, an extensive bibliography with citations to relevant primary and secondary resources names anthologies, scholarly studies, journal publications, and selected web sites. Rounding out the text are a guide describing the classification systems used in the entries, a guide to related topics, and a helpful index. The set is further enhanced by an informative introduction and interesting illustrations throughout the volumes. Useful to general readers as well as to students and scholars in the literary and social science disciplines; highly recommended for public and academic libraries."

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Library Journal

"[A]n excellent overview of a tremendously influential literary genre, which is recommended for both public and academic libraries."

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Lawrence Looks at Books

"Occasionally, a reference work is so good that one wishes for more of it. Haase.has assembled a stellar cast of scholars to provide the first thorough English-language encyclopedia on folk and fairy tales. . . . Nearly 700 signed, alphabetically arranged articles with bibliographies cover major approaches, important authors and scholars, and themes. Especially useful are the geographic essays. With no disciplinary limits, folklorists take their place alongside historians, sociologists, and literary critics. Similary, with no boundaries on media, the set includes motion picture adaptations as well as literary versions. It also covers children's literature. Haase's introduction provides a good summary of the current state of folktale research. . . . Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers."

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Choice

"The Greenwood Encyclopedia truly stands apart with its multicultural scope and its theoretical framework that challenges the received knowledge of the field. Each volume contains a table of contents for the entire work and begins with a complete list of the alphabetically arranged entries. Cross-references, see also notes, and an index provide deeper access. . . . I recommend The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales for academic and public libraries."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Interest in folklore and fairy tales continues to grow, as evidenced by the number of new translations and anthologies being published every year. This scholarly compendium is a well-organized, well-documented introduction to the evolving field of folklore and fairy-tale studies. . . . Meticulously documented and firmly grounded in scholarly research, most articles feature straightforward language and sufficient background material to be accessible to lay readers and novice researchers. This unique and timely resource is highly recommended for large public and academic collections, especially those that support literature or teacher-preparation programs or serve individuals pursuing careers or active in creative endeavors."

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Booklist, Starred Review

"Three hefty volumes provide global and multicultural coverall, from antiquity to the present, of the burgeoning field of folktale and fairy-tale studies. . . . A brief introduction highlights the reasons for and description of the increasing interest in folk and fairy tales around the globe. . . . Each entry includes highlighted cross references as well as, when appropriate, a see also section plus suggestions for futher reading. . . . The illustrations and photographs are black and white in this helpful resource for college libraries and special collections in large public libraries."

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VOYA

"[T]hese three tomes contain a wide ranging scope to studies in folk and fairy tales. Covering tales from the entire globe and with a timeframe from antiquity to the present, presenting information useful to a panoply of disciplines and including media telling's of the stories, and emphasizing the new ideas brought forth since 1970, the 670 entries point in any direction you may want to research. . . . The books are well made for a long shelf life. What is most useful is that each of the entries has a further reading bibliography with complete citations, which makes it easy to move onto other titles without having the last volume in hand."

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ARBA

"This scholarly compendium is a well-organized, well-documented introduction to the evolving field of folklore and fairy-tale studies, recommended especially for libraries that support literature or teacher-preparation programs."

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Booklist

". . . a serious and scholarly treatment of a growing field of study. Readers will find the coverage of genres, cultural and regional groupings, and the discussions of themes, motifs and critical concepts very enlightening. . . a unique and current contribution that gives readers a strong foundation. Without a doubt, academic libraries supporting courses in folk and fairy tales studies will want it in their collections."

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Against the Grain

VOYA - Cindy Lombardo
Three hefty volumes provide global and multicultural coverall, from antiquity to the present, of the burgeoning field of folktale and fairy-tale studies. Contributors representing disciplines ranging from folklore, anthropology, ethnology, and children's literature to film, literary, and culture studies provide the 670 entries arranged in eight categories: cultural/national/regional/linguistic groups; genres; critical terms, concepts, and approaches; motifs, themes, characters, tales, and tale types; eras, periods, movements, and other contexts; media, performance, and other cultural forms; television, film, animation, and video; and individual authors, editors, collectors, translators, filmmakers, artists/illustrators, composer, scholars, and titles. A brief introduction highlights the reasons for and description of the increasing interest in folk and fairy tales around the globe. Especially helpful features are the "Guide to Tale-Type, Motif, Migratory Legend, and Ballad References Used in the Entries" and "Guide to Related Topics.o Each entry includes highlighted cross references as well as, when appropriate, a "see-also" section plus suggestions for further reading. Volume III features an extensive bibliography and resources section incorporating primary and secondary materials. The illustrations and photographs are black and white in this helpful resource for college libraries and special collections in large public libraries. Reviewer: Cindy Lombardo
Library Journal

This unique three-volume set is an important addition to folklore and fairy-tale studies as it offers for the first time an encyclopedic introduction to the scholarship of this flourishing field. Global in geographical and cultural scope and covering a broad historical and disciplinary range, it features information about significant individuals and traditions from throughout the world, from antiquity to the present day. Among the multidisciplinary perspectives represented are contributions from prominent scholars in the fields of folklore, anthropology, ethnology, children's literature, film, and literary studies. The 670 cross-referenced A-to-Z entries fall into eight categories, among them "Cultural/National/Regional/Linguistic Groups," "Motifs, Themes, Characters, Tales, and Tale Types," and "Eras, Periods, Movements, and Other Contexts." Topics were chosen based on their global representation and fundamental significance to the field, as well as on important developments, emerging trends, and "otherwise neglected dimensions of fairy-tale studies." Each is followed by suggestions for further reading that include print, audio-visual, and electronic resources. Additionally, an extensive bibliography with citations to relevant primary and secondary resources names anthologies, scholarly studies, journal publications, and selected web sites. Rounding out the text are a guide describing the classification systems used in the entries, a guide to related topics, and a helpful subject index. The set is further enhanced by an informative introduction and interesting illustrations throughout the volumes.
—Eloise Hitchcock

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

A set preface, volume introductions, and headnotes (brief ethnographic, historical, comparative, or stylistic points) for each tale immensely increase the Library 's usefulness. The editor has tried to avoid Western-centric bias, especially in categorizing (tales are grouped by culture or geopolitical divisions), but many of the more than 450 tales were collected or rewritten (by Hearn, Lang, et al) for Western audiences. Though a few selections are taken from national epics ("The Mahabharata ," "The Prose Edda"), other culture-defining tales (e.g., "Monkey") are omitted. No such collection can be all-inclusive, but there is a good blend of subgenres, of the familiar and the rare, and the sacred and the secular, from hundreds of ethnic groups. The Encyclopedia , too, has a global scope, and ranges from antiquity to the present in its 670 entries. It covers commercial films, music, and young adult novels, as well as motifs, writers, tale types, and ethnic groups. An introduction contextualizes fairy tale studies and provides an extensive bibliography (a subset of the closing 64-page offering). Cross-references appear in boldface throughout. The cumulative index requires some expertise: it lists the Chinese novelist and poet Wú Chéng'n, but not "Sn Wùkng " or "Monkey," a character in his novel X Yóu Jì , though all of these terms are mentioned in the article on the writer. Both sets, with their occasional black-and-white illustrations, will be accessible and useful to sophisticated newcomers to the genre.-Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313334412
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: Three Volume Set
  • Pages: 1240
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 3.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD HAASE is Professor of German at Wayne State University. His previous books include Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches (2004), and The Reception of Grimms' Fairy Tales: Responses, Reactions, Revisions (1993). He is the editor of Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies, and his work has appeared in such publications as Romance Notes, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Proverbium.

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