By Alan Dundes
Runner-up, the Wayland Hand Award for Folklore and historical past, 2009
By Kathryn Tucker Windham
First released in 1975 and lengthy out of print, this booklet is now reissued in a good-looking re-creation. Alabama is like one sizeable entrance porch the place parents assemble on summer season nights to inform stories. it is a sprawling porch stretching from the Tennessee River Valley to the sandy Gulf shorelines. during this publication, Mrs. Windham takes readers on a journey of the background, humans, and areas of the "heart of Dixie." The tales are alike of their unmistakable Southern combination of exaggeration, humor, pathos, folklore, and romanticism with relatives background woven in.
By William A. Dodge
To traveling geologists Black Rock, New Mexico, is a basaltic escarpment and an amazing typical laboratory. To medical institution employees, Black Rock is a picturesque position to generate income. To the Zuni, the mesas, arroyos, and the rock itself are a level on which the fervour in their elders is relived. William A. stay away from explores how a shared experience of position evolves through the years and during a number of cultures that declare the landscape.
Through tales advised over many generations, this panorama has given the Zuni an figuring out of ways they got here to be during this global. extra lately, paleogeographers have studied the rocks and landforms to raised comprehend the realm because it as soon as used to be. Archaeologists have performed learn on ancestral Zuni websites within the area of Black Rock to discover the cultural heritage of the quarter. furthermore, the Anglo-American staff of the Bureau of Indian Affairs got here to Black Rock to develop the federal Indian coverage of assimilation and taken with them their very own feel of place.
Black Rock has been an academic advanced, an company city, and an Anglo neighborhood. this day it's a overall healthiness care heart, advertisement sector, and multi-ethnic subdivision. by way of describing the dramatic adjustments that came about at Black Rock in the course of the 20th century, ward off deftly weaves a narrative of the way the cultural panorama of this group mirrored adjustments in executive coverage and the way the Zunis themselves, during the coverage of Indian self-determination, ultimately gave new meanings to this old landscape.
The telling of mythic tales has regularly been a robust kind of remedy, bringing therapeutic to humans dealing with adversity. The greatness of Saturn is the sort of healing fantasy, advised and retold via many centuries. Taken from the East Indian Vedic culture, it honors the planet Saturn, who personifies time, boundaries, loss, and all types of adversity.
By Mary Y. Hallab
Examines the big well known attraction of vampires from early Greek and Slavic folklore to present-day renowned culture.
It turns out we’re awash in vampires nowadays, in every little thing from videos, tv indicates, and novels to role-playing video games, rock bands, and breakfast cereals. yet what debts for his or her enduring well known attraction? In Vampire God, Mary Y. Hallab examines the mythic determine of the vampire from its origins in early Greek and Slavic folklore, its transformation through Romantics like Byron, Le Fanu, and Stoker, and its diversified representations in present-day pop culture. The attract of the vampire, Hallab argues, lies in its continual undeadness, its refusal to simply accept its mortal future of loss of life and rot. Vampires entice our worry of death and our desire for immortality, and as a spotlight for our doubts and speculations, vampire literature bargains solutions to a lot of our so much pressing questions about the which means of dying, the character of the human soul, and its attainable survival after physically dissolution. essentially written, with wry humor, Vampire God is a completely researched, formidable examine that attracts on cultural, anthropological, and non secular views to discover the importance and serve as of the vampire relating to the medical, social, mental, and spiritual ideals of its time and place.
“Hallab deals sufficient new insights to maintain even jaded, well-read students , and her wealth of examples and visible enthusiasm for the topic will most probably appeal to even readers with just a passing curiosity within the topic. it's definitely a beneficial addition to any library.” — Journal of the glorious within the Arts
“Hallab’s booklet is an engaging learn that's expansive and informative with no ever being uninteresting. On most sensible of that, she has an excellent humorousness (especially in terms of faith) that could be a welcome factor to such an academically engaged textual content. lovers of the horror style typically or vampires in fairly [sic] might do good to choose this one up.” — Pop Theology
“…timely and engaging … For the inflow of recent scholars schooled within the pop-cultural sexuality of the modern vampire, Hallab ups-the-ante past type and fandom, insisting there are extra profound how one can hang around with the damned.” — Journal of yank Culture
“Vampire God deals a wide-ranging advent for college kids and teachers looking a concise evaluate of canonical and scholarly vampire literature … [and] deals an expansive survey of primary topics and preoccupations of vampire literature through the years that's either full of life and accessible.” — Religion and the Arts
“Among the various reports released concerning the vampire in movie and fiction, i might definitely rank Hallab’s Vampire God on the most sensible. She has mastered the power to combination her dialogue with either fascinating element and bigger social significance—a tough balancing act certainly, and one who few have complete in cultural studies.” — Gary Hoppenstand, editor of The magazine of renowned Culture
“Compared with so much educational books, Vampire God is a satisfaction to learn. Hallab brings a wry humorousness to her book—and humor is anything, it sort of feels to me, missing in most crucial works. in the constrained concentration of vampire lore and literature, Hallab covers loads of flooring, and he or she covers it superbly.” — Eric Miles Williamson, writer of Oakland, Jack London, and Me
Boia right here examines the cultural impact of climate in the course of the lens of anthropology and psychology, background, and disaster. He first investigates how human range is associated with climate and why humans range in keeping with their local climates. He then seems to be at how weather can clarify the dynamics of old growth and the increase and fall of civilizations, bringing up how Nazis used it to justify the prevalence of the "Aryan" race. And what can wreck or set off panic in a society extra successfully than an outstanding climatic jolt? Boia investigates the social upheaval attributable to catastrophic climatic conditions, bringing up the main gripping instance in human background, the Biblical Flood.
The climate within the Imagination is a thought-provoking chronicle of the way people all through heritage were bewildered, infuriated, and sometimes terrified by means of the weather.
By Kristin Langellier
Storytelling could be the commonest method humans make experience in their studies, declare identities, and "get a life." loads of our lifestyle includes writing or telling our tales and hearing and studying the tales of others. yet we infrequently cease to invite: what are those tales? How do they form our lives? And why do they matter?The authors ably consultant readers throughout the complicated global of appearing narrative. alongside the best way they exhibit the embodied contexts of storytelling, the fabric constraints on narrative performances, and the myriad methods storytelling orders info and initiatives, constitutes meanings, and positions talking topics. Readers also will research that narrative functionality is consequential in addition to pervasive, as storytelling opens up event and identities to legitimization and critique. The authors' multi-leveled version of approach and strategies considers how family of strength in a process are produced, reproduced, and adjusted in acting narrative.The authors clarify this strategic version via a longer dialogue of family members storytelling, utilizing Franco americans in Maine as their exemplar. They discover what tales households inform, how they inform them, and the way storytelling creates relatives identities. Then, they express the variety and achieve of this strategic version by means of studying storytelling in assorted contexts: a breast melanoma narrative, a web publication on the web, and an autobiographical functionality at the public level. Readers are left with a transparent knowing of ways and why the functionality of narrative is the first communicative perform shaping our lives this present day.
Storytelling in Chefchaouen Northern Morocco comprises units of stories informed by way of diversified storytellers with an annotated research of the oral functionality, transliterations and translations. the aim is to maintain part of the sector s oral culture of storytelling within the vernacular language within which it's been transmitted, offering the unique texts with parallel English translation. moreover, the cultural, literary, and linguistic heritage valuable for figuring out this physique of oral functionality is given. a mix of disciplines (anthropology, philology, sociolinguistics, dialectology, comparative literature, ethnography, typology) is utilized to the linguistic and literary positive aspects of the current corpus."