Traditional Storytelling Today: An International Sourcebook

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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A wide-ranging, probing, and expressive work that defines the resonance of world cultures, this scholarly anthology brings together 100 brief essays evaluating the process and purpose of telling stories throughout the world. These essays, written by leading scholars such as Linda Degh, Jan Harold Brunvand, and William K. McNeil, analyze the anthropological and social implications of tale-telling, listening, and entertainment and consider audience interaction. MacDonald, who is a folklorist and storyteller as well as a children's librarian, has mined a great wealth of enduring literature, both oral and published, to put together this anthology. An important survey should be in most larger libraries.--Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Some 100 essays mostly describe storytelling in the regions of the world, but a few also consider theory. They include accounts of the Igbu folk epic representing Sub-Saharan Africa, storytelling as a means to maintain a disappearing language and culture in northeast Thailand representing Asia, a gossamer of wisdom from Australia and the Pacific, aspects of narrative Greek Gypsy tradition in Europe, narrating epics in Iran representing the Middle East and North Africa, native America traditional storytelling at San Juan Pueblo, Jack tales in North America, and the function and performance of the Chilean folktale today representing Latin America. The theoretical studies consider children telling ghost stories, the role of traditional stories in language teaching and learning, and urban legends. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579580117
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 644
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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