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Yiddish Folksongs from the Ruth Rubin Archive

Edited by Chana Mlotek and Mark Slobin

From the archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, a collection of traditional Yiddish folksongs by highly regarded ethnomusicologist Ruth Rubin, presented with added commentary from music scholars Chana Mlotek and Mark Slobin.

Paperback
Published: August 2007
ISBN: 9780814332580

The Arabian Nights Reader

Edited by Ulrich Marzolph

An authoritative guide to research inspired by the Arabian Nights, containing sixteen influential essays.

Paperback
Published: September 2006
ISBN: 9780814332597

Israeli Folk Narratives

Settlement, Immigration, Ethnicity

Haya Bar-Itzhak

Provides a broad, engaging view of Israeli society through folk stories that have circulated among settlers in the kibbutz, immigrants, and ethnic groups.

Paperback
Published: September 2005
ISBN: 9780814330470

King Solomon and the Golden Fish

Tales from the Sephardic Tradition

Texts Collected and Edited by Matilda Koén-Sarano
Translated and Annotated by Reginetta Haboucha
Preamble by Yoel Shalom Perez

A collection of fifty-four Judeo-Spanish folktales taken from the rich heritage of Sephardic oral storytelling and translated into English for the first time.

Hardback
Published: August 2004
ISBN: 9780814331668
eBOOK
Published: August 2004
ISBN: 9780814341872

Fairy Tales and Feminism

New Approaches

Edited by Donald Haase

Responding to thirty years of feminist fairy-tale scholarship, this book breaks new ground by rethinking important questions, advocating innovative approaches, and introducing woman-centered texts and traditions that have been ignored for too long.

Paperback
Published: August 2004
ISBN: 9780814330302
eBOOK
Published: August 2004
ISBN: 9780814340820

Defining the Yiddish Nation

The Jewish Folklorists of Poland

Itzik Nakhmen Gottesman

An examination of the history of Yiddish folklore from Poland between the two world wars.

Hardback
Published: November 2003
ISBN: 9780814326695
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Cycles of Influence

Fiction, Folktale, Theory

Stephen Benson

Analyzes how the folktale has influenced the development of narrative theory and how postmodern fiction has drawn on the folktale to experiment with diverse narrative concepts.

Hardback
Published: March 2003
ISBN: 9780814329498
eBOOK
Published: March 2003
ISBN: 9780814339091
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Windjammers

Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors

Ivan H. Walton
Joe Grimm

A collection of stories, lyrics, music and folklore centered on the Great Lakes.

Paperback
Published: February 2002
ISBN: 9780814329979

Arab Folktales from Palestine and Israel

Introduction, Translation, and Annotation by Raphael Patai

Arab Folktales from Palestine and Israel is a collection of twenty-eight tales with insight into the Arab culture by Raphael Patai.

Paperback
Published: May 1998
ISBN: 9780814327104

Work Hard and You Shall Be Rewarded

Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire

Alan Dundes and Carl R. Pagter

Anyone who has ever filled in a form in triplicate, taken an aptitude test, or been rebuffed by a form letter will appreciate the urban folklore found in this collection.

Paperback
Published: December 1992
ISBN: 9780814324325
eBOOK
Published: December 1992
ISBN: 9780814337417

Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing

Still More Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire

Alan Dundes
Carl R. Pagter

Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing documents the thriving folklore tradition that circulates in the workplace.

Paperback
Published: June 1991
ISBN: 9780814323588
Hardback
Published: June 1991
ISBN: 9780814323571
eBOOK
Published: June 1991
ISBN: 9780814337400

Life is Like a Chicken Coop Ladder

A Study of German National Character through Folklore

Alan Dundes

A work of major importance that demonstrates the value of folklore for understanding national character.

Paperback
Published: June 1989
ISBN: 9780814320389

The Messiah Texts

Jewish Legends of Three Thousand Years

by Raphael Patai

The Messiah Texts traces the progress of the messianic legend from its biblical beginnings to contemporary expressions.

Paperback
Published: December 1988
ISBN: 9780814318508
eBOOK
Published: December 1988
ISBN: 9780814341919

Italian Folktales in America

The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman

By Elizabeth Mathias and Richard Raspa

A collection that greatly enriches our understanding of who told (and tells) märchen (Italian folktales) to whom, why and how they are told, and, perhaps most important, under what conditions.

Paperback
Published: October 1988
ISBN: 9780814321225
eBOOK
Published: October 1988
ISBN: 9780814338360

When You're Up to Your Ass in Alligators

More Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire

Alan Dundes
Carl R. Pagter

Office copier folklore that regularly circulate in office buildings everywhere—is the subject of this innovative study.

Paperback
Published: April 1987
ISBN: 9780814318676

Folk Music in the United States

An Introduction

by Bruno Netti, Revised and Expanded by Helen Myers

A graceful, deeply meditative debut from Kawita Kandpal.

Paperback
Published: February 1976
ISBN: 9780814315576
eBOOK
Published: February 1976
ISBN: 9780814337578

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