Folklore and Book Culture

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Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 167 pages
To many observers, folklore and book culture might appear to be opposites. Folklore, after all, involves orally circulated stories and traditions while book culture is concerned with the transmission of written texts. However, as Kevin J. Hayes points out, there are many instances where the two intersect, and exploring those intersections is the purpose of this fascinating and provocative study. Hayes shows that the acquisition of knowledge and the ownership of books have not displaced folklore but instead have given rise to new beliefs and superstitions. Some book have generated new proverbs; others have fostered their own legends. Occasionally the book has served as an important motif in folklore, and in one folk genre - the flyleaf rhyme - the book itself has become the place where folklore occurs, thus indicating a lively interaction between folk, print, and manuscript culture. Solidly researched and venturing into areas long neglected by scholars, Folklore and Book Culture is a work that will engage not only folklorists but historians and literary scholars as well.
 

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Contents

Volksbuch and Proverb in Early America
1
The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses
14
Superstition and the Book
28
The Book in Icelandic Magicians Legends
44
Inexperienced Use of the Black Book
59
Three Brothers in the Philippines
74
Traditional Flyleaf Rhymes
89
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