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Journey of a Goddess
Journey of a Goddess (December 2017)
Chen Jinggu Subdues the Snake Demon
Fan Pen Li Chen - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

First English translation of both a novel and two play excerpts based on tales of the goddess Chen Jinggu, an eighth-century shaman and present-day cult deity.

This book offers the first translation into English of the Chinese novel Haiyouji, as well as excerpts of a marionette play based on the cult lore of the goddess Chen Jinggu (766–790), a historical shaman priestess who became one of Fujian’s most import...(Read More)
 
 
Marionette Plays from Northern China
Marionette Plays from Northern China (April 2017)
Fan Pen Li Chen - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

English-language translations of traditional plays from the marionette puppet theater of northern China.

Marionette puppet theater has a rich and ancient history in China, extending back to the Han dynasty and reaching its heyday in the Qing dynasty. While this art form is nearly extinct in northern China today, a handful of troupes in Heyang County in Shaanxi Province, which claims to be the birthplace of m...(Read More)
 
 
The Teller's Tale
The Teller's Tale (October 2012)
Lives of the Classic Fairy Tale Writers
Sophie Raynard - Editor

Intriguing, updated portraits of classic fairy tale authors.

This book offers new, often unexpected, but always intriguing portraits of the writers of classic fairy tales. For years these authors, who wrote from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, have been either little known or known through skewed, frequently sentimentalized biographical information. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were cast as exemplars of ...(Read More)
 
 
Fairy Tales Framed
Fairy Tales Framed (May 2012)
Early Forewords, Afterwords, and Critical Words
Ruth B. Bottigheimer - Editor

2012 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Translations of the forewords and afterwords by original fairy tale authors and commentaries by their contemporaries, material that has not been widely published in English.

Most early fairy tale authors had a lot to say about what they wrote. Charles Perrault explained his sources and recounted friends’ reactions. His niec...(Read More)
 
 
Vampire God
Vampire God (October 2009)
The Allure of the Undead in Western Culture
Mary Y. Hallab - Author

Examines the enormous popular appeal of vampires from early Greek and Slavic folklore to present-day popular culture.

It seems we’re awash in vampires these days, in everything from movies, television shows, and novels to role-playing games, rock bands, and breakfast cereals. But what accounts for their enduring popular appeal? In Vampire God, Mary Y. Hallab examines the mythic figure of the vamp...(Read More)
 
 
Fairy Tales
Fairy Tales (March 2009)
A New History
Ruth B. Bottigheimer - Author

2009 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Overturns traditional views of the origins of fairy tales and documents their actual origins and transmission.

Where did Cinderella come from? Puss in Boots? Rapunzel? The origins of fairy tales are looked at in a new way in these highly engaging pages. Conventional wisdom holds that fairy tales originated in the oral traditions of peasants...(Read More)
 
 
Latino Voices in New England
Latino Voices in New England (February 2009)
David Carey Jr. - Editor
Robert Atkinson - Editor

Compelling stories and striking photographs illustrate the challenges and highlights of Latino/a life in Portland, Maine.

Latinos—those born in the United States as well as those who immigrated later in life—are not only transforming the country and cities, they are also transforming themselves in a difficult process of community making. This book tells the story of how a diverse group of immigrants hav...(Read More)
 
 
Alterity and Narrative
Alterity and Narrative (September 2007)
Stories and the Negotiation of Western Identities
Kathleen Glenister Roberts - Author

Intertwines identity and culture to demonstrate how identity is negotiated over a given history.

Drawing from the fields of rhetoric, cultural studies, literature, and folkloristics, Kathleen Glenister Roberts argues that identity and the history of alterity in the West can be understood more clearly through narrative motifs. She provides analyses of these motifs including infanticide, universalism, the Tower of Ba...(Read More)
 
 
The Fall of the Indigo Jackal
The Fall of the Indigo Jackal (July 2007)
The Discourse of Division and Purnabhadra's Pancatantra
McComas Taylor - Author

Contemporary critical theory is brought to the consideration of caste in the Pañcatantra, one of the best-known cycles of Indian tales.

Every child growing up in India knows the story of the jackal who fell into the vat of blue dye, and discovering the power of his majestic new appearance, declared himself king of the forest. In spite of his pretenses, the jackal, eventually betrayed by his own inst...(Read More)
 
 
Gender and Story in South India
Gender and Story in South India (September 2006)
Leela Prasad - Editor
Ruth B. Bottigheimer - Editor
Lalita Handoo - Editor

Indian women scholars present and discuss tales about women, bringing new insights about gender and the moral universe of the folk narrative.

Gender and Story in South India presents exciting ethnographic research by Indian women scholars on Hindu and Muslim women-centered oral narratives. The book is unique for its geographic and linguistic focus on South India, for its inclusion of urban and rural l...(Read More)
 
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