Category «Folklore Mythology»

The year's work at the Zombie Research Center by Edward P. Comentale, Aaron Jaffe

By Edward P. Comentale, Aaron Jaffe

They have stalked the horizons of our tradition, wreaked havoc on moribund suggestions of lifeless and never lifeless, threatened our feel of id, and endangered our own protection. Now zombies have emerged from the lurking shadows of society’s fringes to wander the sacred halls of the academy, feasting on delicate minds and hurling rot throughout our highbrow panorama. it's time to unite in universal reason, to shore up defenses, enterprise up severe and analytical assets, and toughen crumbling traces of inquiry. Responding to this name, mind employees from the Zombie examine middle poke and prod the rotting corpus of zombie tradition attempting to make feel of cult classics and the unstoppable development of recent or even extra annoying paintings. They exhume "zombie idea" and decaying ancient records from the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean with the intention to unearth the zombie global and arm readers with the mind instruments valuable for daily survival. Readers will see that zombie tradition this present day "lives" in shapes as mutable as a zombie horde―and is frequently simply as violent.

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Women at the Beginning: Origin Myths from the Amazons to the by Patrick J. Geary

By Patrick J. Geary

In those 4 artfully crafted essays, Patrick Geary explores the way in which historical and medieval authors wrote approximately girls. Geary describes the usually marginal position girls performed in starting place legends from antiquity till the 12th century.

no longer confining himself to 1 spiritual culture or zone, he probes the tensions among ladies in biblical, classical, and medieval myths (such as Eve, Mary, Amazons, princesses, and countesses), and real ladies in historic and medieval societies. utilizing those legends as a lens during which to review patriarchal societies, Geary chooses moments and texts that illustrate how historical authors (all of whom have been male) faced where of girls of their society.

not like different books at the topic, ladies in the beginning makes an attempt to appreciate not just where of ladies in those legends, but in addition the ideologies of the boys who wrote approximately them. The ebook concludes that the authors of those tales have been themselves suffering from ambivalence approximately ladies of their personal worlds and that this fight manifested itself of their writings.

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The Greenhaven Encyclopedias Of - Paranormal Phenomena by Patricia D. Netzley

By Patricia D. Netzley

Each one quantity in The Greenhaven Encyclopedia Of series presents an abundance of data on a selected historic period or subject. Compelling entries current definitions of vital phrases, biographies of significant figures, and short narratives of pivotal occasions that reworked civilizations and international locations. scholars will locate fast and simply obtainable solutions to the tough questions that come up whereas gaining knowledge of occasions, personalities, and problems with the earlier.

Each ebook incorporates a desk of contents, a brief reference topic index, and a complete index to help scholars to find the knowledge they want. A complete bibliography bargains extra avenues for examine. The Greenhaven Encyclopedia sequence deals scholars an open window at the global of the earlier.

  • desk of contents
  • fast reference topic index
  • accomplished index
  • Bibliography for extra research
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    The Voice of the People: Writing the European Folk Revival, by Matthew Campbell, Michael Perraudin

    By Matthew Campbell, Michael Perraudin

    ‘The Voice of the folk’ offers a chain of essays on literary elements of the ecu people revival of the eighteenth and 19th centuries, and specializes in key practices of antiquarianism: the function that amassing and modifying performed within the formation of ethnological research within the eu academy; and the enterprise of publishing and modifying, which produced many ‘folkloric’ texts of doubtful authenticity. the quantity additionally provides new readings of assorted genres, together with the epic, track, story and novel, and contributes to the examine of a number of the most important eu literary figures. chiefly, it investigates the nice nameless authors of the eu folks culture – in narrative and lyric paintings – and their relation to the cultural events and imagined identities of the peoples of the rising nineteenth-century ecu nation.

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    Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and by Elaine Breslaw

    By Elaine Breslaw

    In this significant booklet, Elaine Breslaw claims to have rediscovered Tituba, the elusive, mysterious, and infrequently mythologized Indian lady accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692 and immortalized in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

    Reconstructing the lifetime of the slave girl on the middle of the infamous Salem witch trials, the ebook follows Tituba from her most probably origins in South the United States to Barbados, forcefully dispelling the commonly-held trust that Tituba used to be African. The uniquely multicultural nature of existence on a seventeenth-century Barbadan sugar plantation—defined through a mix of English, American Indian, and African methods and folklore—indelibly formed the younger Tituba's global and the psychological pictures she introduced together with her to Massachusetts.

    Breslaw divides Tituba’s tale into elements. the 1st specializes in Tituba's roots in Barbados, the second one on her lifestyles within the New international. the writer emphasizes the inextricably associated worlds of the Caribbean and the North American colonies, illustrating how the Puritan worldview used to be motivated by way of its conception of possessed Indians. Breslaw argues that Tituba’s confession to training witchcraft basically finds her savvy and decided efforts to guard herself through actively manipulating Puritan fears. This confession, perceived as facts of a diabolical conspiracy, was once the relevant agent within the cataclysmic sequence of occasions that observed 19 humans performed and over one hundred fifty imprisoned, together with a tender woman of 5.

    A landmark contribution to women's historical past and early American heritage, Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem sheds new mild on essentially the most painful episodes in American background, throughout the eyes of its most important participant.

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    Arthur, King of Britons: From Celtic hero to cinema icon by Daniel Mersey

    By Daniel Mersey

    King Arthur, essentially the most well known of British kings and one whose identify is synonymous with braveness, chivalry and romanticism. Arthur, King of the Britons, Arthur the medieval legend, Arthur the Celtic warlord, Arthur of the Pre-Raphaelites and Arthur of the movies...would the genuine King Arthur please get up? Daniel Mersey explores the numerous faces, myths and theories surrounding this recognized king.

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    Defiant Maids and Stubborn Farmers: Tradition and Invention by Donald J. Cosentino

    By Donald J. Cosentino

    The domei is a well-liked narrative paintings shape one of the Mende humans of Sierra Leone. even though it is a standard shape, the narratives will not be remembered or retold, yet on each one celebration the performers recreate out of a standard inventory of characters and plots domeisia, that are singular and occasionally awesome expressions of a unique, and sometimes terrific, tradition. during this e-book Donald Cosentino offers a wide collection of those narratives, as he amassed them in dramatic functionality at the verandahs and round the cooking fires of a Mende village. The domei is informed to delight, and Dr Cosentino information many of the parts that represent the excitement of an oral functionality. yet underneath the outside glitter of those ironic, frightening, bawdy and haunting narrative performances, there's an highbrow hardness of argument and debate which shines throughout the domeisia incorporated the following. Dominating those performances, and emblematic of the whole inventive culture, are the 'everywoman' determine of the Defiant Maid, Yombo, and the 'everyman' obdurate Farmer, Kpana.

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