Telling Tales: Medieval Narratives and the Folk Tradition

Telling Tales: Medieval Narratives and the Folk Tradition

by Francesca Canade Sautman
     
 

Telling Tales explores the interlocking relationships among written medieval texts, the oral tradition, and the influence of folklore, and examines folklore and culture within literary and historical contexts. The diverse essays in this collection highlight the mutual shadowing of literature and oral narrative and how they relate to other areas of cultural…  See more details below

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Telling Tales explores the interlocking relationships among written medieval texts, the oral tradition, and the influence of folklore, and examines folklore and culture within literary and historical contexts. The diverse essays in this collection highlight the mutual shadowing of literature and oral narrative and how they relate to other areas of cultural production and performance, including systems of learning, political ideologies, gender formation and conflicts, folk religion, ethnic tensions, and legal practices. Folklore from a variety of literary and folk traditions including Arabic, Celtic, French, Jewish, Christian, Spanish, and Scandinavian are analyzed using multiple theoretical approaches such as psychoanalysis, feminist theory, new historicism, and semiotics. The relationship, and often the interchangeability, of high culture (such as canonical writings) and popular/folk culture (such as amulets or storytelling) is also explored. A more contemporary essay on the impact of the printing press on folkloric traditions concludes this collection that crosses disciplines, genres, and nationalities, penned by prominent European and American folklore scholars. The result is a work that is at once diversified, contrasted, and provocative. Telling Tales is an exemplary addition to the world of medieval studies and literature.

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Explores the interlocking relationships among written medieval texts, the oral tradition, and the influence of folklore, highlighting how literature and oral narrative influence areas of cultural production and performance such as systems of learning, political ideologies, gender formation and conflicts, folk religion, ethnic tensions, and legal practices. The 15 essays look at Arabic, Celtic, French, Jewish, Christian, Spanish, Scandinavian, and other traditions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312211318
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/15/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Francesca Canadé Sautman teaches French literature and cultural studies at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate School. She is the co-editor of the journal Medieval Folklore Studies.

Diana Conchado teaches Spanish literature at Hunter College and works on the Golden Age mock epic.

Giuseppe Carlo Di Scipio is Chair of the Department of Romance Languages at Hunter College and is a noted Dante scholar.

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