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An Accessible Introduction to Folklore Studies
When's the last time you got to pick a folklorist's brain?
Did you know memes count as folklore?
Or that folklorists assign numbers to fairy tales to keep track of them all?
The field of folklore studies is over two centuries old, and it's full of amazing insights about human behavior, creativity, and community. Folklore studies is as interdisciplinary as it gets, squished somewhere between anthropology and linguistics and religious studies and comparative literature and more. It's all about the informal human interactions, the million tiny acts and stories and beliefs and arts that function as social glue even if they seem beneath notice. Do traditional holiday foods have a deeper meaning? Yep. Same with folk music, ballads, proverbs, jokes, urban legends, body art, and a ton more genres covered in this book.
Is the whole book as easy to read and irreverent as this description? Yep.
"This wonderfully insightful book introduces the reader to folklore with warmth and good humor. Students and others interested in folklore will love it!"
-Libby Tucker, Distinguished Service Professor of English, Binghamton University and author of Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses
If you've always wanted to take a folklore class, or you're a writer or artist using folklore in your work, or you're just generally interested in the topic, this is the book for you!
"Dr. Jeana Jorgensen knows her stuff and, just as importantly, knows how to communicate it. Folklore 101 is a treasure trove of knowledge, the kind it would take years of college courses to accumulate yourself. If you're curious about academic folklore, this clear, engaging book is where you want to start."
–Dr. Sara Cleto, co-founder of The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic
This one's a bit special.
Perfect for folklore and history lovers! Britain is a bubbling cauldron of myth, legend and barely believable but bewitchingly tall tales. A land of marauding monsters and dastardly demons, where mythical beasts run amok and spooky spirits lurk behind every creaking door. Have your pants scared off by over 1,400 legendary locations, ghost-written and craftily conjured into cartographical form for your fiendish delight. But watch out - the Devil is in the details.
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Like an entire college education in folklore studies packed into a neat little book. Perfect for all fairytale fans or anyone just wanting to learn something new. Jeana takes topics other academics have made dull and explains them in fresh and funny ways that will stick with you long after you finish turning the pages.
This is the most fun I have ever had reading a textbook. I admit I find folklore fascinating, but this introduction makes it even more interesting. The author's style is very readable, almost conversational. The book includes a ton of examples, stories, and personal anecdotes. There are also a lot of suggestions for further reading. And it covers so many areas of folklore, things I never even thought of, from fairy tales to urban legends to counting rhymes and who wears pink or blue.
...will have you rethinking all you thought you already knew about folk lore. Written in easy to understand terms and divided into easily digestible segments, this book is a good one to read and reread as your time allows.
Folklore 101 is an approachable, enjoyable dive into a fascinating academic field—a “DIY folklore class” for the curious. A thought-provoking special topics section concludes the book with even more unique material regarding the folklore of women, children, occupational groups, and the disability community.
Retelling and saving all kinds of different folklore matters. Even though many conversations focused on stories of the past, these types of stories can teach people important lessons for the future.Kevin Beynon
In December of the year 1377, five children were burned to death in a suspicious fire. A small band of villagers travelled 200 miles in midwinter to demand justice for their deaths.
Gabrielle has deliberately made an innocuous and mundane life for herself. But 20 years after her one and only brilliant novel was published, her secrets are in danger of being exposed.
The Fermi is Earth’s first faster-than-light capable spaceship. It’s also its last. The moment its engines engage, it unleashes a shockwave that vaporises entire planets, entire solar systems.
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