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A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language : Folk Narratives - Katharine M. Briggs

A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language

Folk Narratives

Paperback Published: 5th September 1991
ISBN: 9780415066945
Number Of Pages: 1168

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A classic in folklore scholarship arranged in 2 parts. Folk Narratives contains tales told for edification or delight, but not thought to be factually true. Folk Legends presents tales the tellers believed to be records of actual events.

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`No folklore collection can afford to be without these volumes.' - Choice `This work will be useful in university literature, folklore, history and social history collections and in all libraries as a basic reference source.' - Library Journal `This enormous, fascinating collection will appeal as much to browsers as to scholars.' - TLS `A living body of narrative art, a thesaurus of the English imagination.' - The Times `We are completely in Dr Briggs's debt for this complete, authoritative and seminal canon.' - TES `A first-rate piece of meticulous scholarship.' - Folklore

First published in 1970 to a chorus of critical acclaim
The Dictionary of British Folk-Tales is now regarded as a classic in folklore scholarship
Arranged in two parts
The first
Folk Narratives
Contains those tales told for edification or delight
But not thought to be factually true
The second
Folk Legends
Presents tales believed by the tellers to be records of things that actually happened
Part one is divided into five groups: Fables and Exempla
Fairy Tales
Jocular Tales
Novelle and Nursery Tales
The Fables are animal stories after the manner of Aesop
That point to a moral or satarize human frailties and the Exempla too are tales used for moral illustration
The Fairy Tales are narratives containing or hinging upon supernatural happenings
While the Jocular Tales form a great body of drolls
Noodle stories and bawdy tales
The Novelle are narratives in which there is no explicitly supernatural element and the Nursery Tales include both tales obviously invented for small children, and tales of horror
Folk Legends are much commoner in Britain than Folk Narratives, and the second part of the Dictionary gives a representative collection of them
They are arranged mainly under subjects treated: Black Dogs
Historical Legends
Local Legends
Origin Myths
The Supernatural and Witches
Many of the tales are given in full
Some are slightly shortened and many others are summarized
The sources are given in each case - whether medieval
From nineteenth-century collectors or from current oral traditions
Each part of the Dictionary includes a bibliography
A tale-type or classified index and an index of story titles
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415066945
ISBN-10: 0415066948
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1168
Published: 5th September 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.33
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 1

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