Folklore and Book Culture

Folklore and Book Culture

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To many observers, folklore and book culture might appear to be opposites. Folklore, after all, involves orally circulated stories and traditions while book culture is concerned with the transmission of written texts. However, as Kevin J. Hayes points out, there are many instances where the two intersect, and exploring those intersections is the purpose of this fascinating and provocative study. Hayes shows that the acquisition of knowledge and the ownership of books have not displaced folklore but instead have given rise to new beliefs and superstitions. Some book have generated new proverbs; others have fostered their own legends. Occasionally the book has served as an important motif in folklore, and in one folk genre - the flyleaf rhyme - the book itself has become the place where folklore occurs, thus indicating a lively interaction between folk, print, and manuscript culture. Solidly researched and venturing into areas long neglected by scholars, Folklore and Book Culture is a work that will engage not only folklorists but historians and literary scholars as well.Ia#39;ll call you kind My desk to find And put it safe away.46 The context of this verse suggests the schoolhouse, since it ... Soon, making book covers from discarded grocery bags became standard practice among elementary school students.

Title:Folklore and Book Culture
Author:Kevin J. Hayes
Publisher:Univ. of Tennessee Press - 1997-01-01


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