Folklore and Book Culture

Front Cover
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Volksbuch and Proverb in Early America
The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses
Superstition and the Book
The Book in Icelandic Magicians Legends
Inexperienced Use of the Black Book
Three Brothers in the Philippines
Traditional Flyleaf Rhymes

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 158 - Pepys' Diary and Correspondence. With Seven Steel Portraits arranged as a Frontispiece, Memoir, Introductory Preface, and full Index. Abbeys, Castles, and Ancient Halls of England and Wales. Their Legendary Lore and Popular History— South, Midland, North. By JOHN TIMES. Author of " Curiosities of London,

Bibliographic information