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Deadly Powers: Animal Predators and the Mythic Imagination

by Paul A. Trout

In this illuminating and evocative exploration of the origin and function of storytelling, the author goes beyond the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell, arguing that mythmaking evolved as a cultural survival...


Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

by Roberto Calasso

"A giddy invasion of stories--brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful." --The New York Times Book Review

"So brilliant that you can't look at it anymore--and you can't look at anything...


Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic

by Barbara Brodman & James E. Doan

This book presents the vampire as a truly international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk character, the literary vampire (such as Dracula), or twentieth-century film versions. Instead, we move...


Writing Food History: A Global Perspective

by Kyri W. Claflin

This book examines the contribution of food history to the development of food studies, exploring the ways multidisciplinary research has advanced food history. Written by prominent scholars, tackling ancient...


Lincolnshire Folk Tales

by Maureen James

Lincolnshire, a county with many variations in the dialect, once nurtured many folk tales, and though these stories may no longer be told as often as they once were, they still resonate within the rural landscape....


The Maya End Times: A Spiritual Adventure to the Heart of the Maya Prophecies for 2012

by Patricia Mercier

According to the Maya Prophecies, the 5,000-year"Fourth Age" will come to it end in 2012. In a remarkable adventure which takes her all over Central South America and involves strange ceremonies at sacred pyramids,...


Neighbors, Strangers, Witches, and Culture-Heroes: Ritual Powers of Smith/Artisans in Tuareg Society and Beyond

by Susan Rasmussen

This book examines alleged “superhuman” powers associated with smith/artisans in five African societies. It discusses their ritual and social roles, mythico-histories, and changing relationships between...


Suburban Legends: True Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Minivans

by Sam Stall

It's a Terrible Day in the Neighborhood

 

They told you the suburbs were a great place to live. They said nothing bad could ever happen here.

But they were wrong.

 

This collection of terrifying true stories...


Aller Retour New York: Essay (New Directions Revived Modern Classics)

by Henry Miller

Aller Retour New York is truly vintage Henry Miller, written during his most creative period, between Tropic of Cancer (1934) and Tropic of Capricorn (1939). Aller Retour New York is...


Moonlight At Midday

by Sally Carrighar

This is the real Alaska, the Alaska few outsiders know. It is the human scene, described in intimate and authentic detail. No one except a gift naturalist could have written this book, for Sally Carrighar has...


New York State Folklife Reader: Diverse Voices

by Elizabeth Tucker;Ellen McHale & Ellen McHale

New York and its folklore scholars hold an important place in the history of the discipline. In New York dialogue between folklore researchers in the academy and those working in the public arena has been highly...


Sport in the City - Sam: Cultural Connections

by Michael P. Sam & John Hughson

Sport is seen as an increasingly important aspect of urban and regional planning. Related programmes have moved to the forefront of agendas for cities of the present and future. This has occurred as the barriers...


Tradition in the Twenty-First Century: Locating the Role of the Past in the Present

by Trevor J. Blank & Robert Glenn Howard

In Tradition in the Twenty-First Century, eight diverse contributors explore the role of tradition in contemporary folkloristics. For more than a century, folklorists have been interested in locating sources...


The House of the Cats: And Other Tales from Europe

by Maggie Pearson

A stunning collection of folk tales and legends, one from each of the EU member states. Ranging from magical to farcical, tender to terrifying, this selection offers a wide variety of stories you won't have...


Warrior Ways: Explorations in Modern Military Folklore

by Eric A. Eliason & Tad Tuleja

Warrior Ways is one of the first book-length explorations of military folklife, and focuses on the lore produced by modern American warriors, illuminating the ways in which members of the armed services creatively...


Folk Culture in the Digital Age: The Emergent Dynamics of Human Interaction

by Trevor J. Blank

Smart phones, tablets, Facebook, Twitter, and wireless Internet connections are the latest technologies to have become entrenched in our culture.  Although traditionalists have argued that computer-mediated...


Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia

by Nigel Barley

In 1985, Dr. Nigel Barley, senior anthropologist at The British Museum, set off for the relatively unknown Indonesian island of Sulawesi in search of the Toraja, a people whose culture includes headhunting,...


Fried Chicken

by John T. Edge

What could be a more fun and delicious way to celebrate American culture than through the lore of our favorite foods? That's what John T. Edge does in his smart, witty, and compulsively readable new series on...


Fairy Godfather: Straparola, Venice, and the Fairy Tale Tradition

by Ruth B. Bottigheimer

"Fairy Godfather: Straparola, Venice, and the Fairy Tale Tradition makes the case that the fairy tale, far from rising from the ground as a rural folk tradition, was invented by a city-bound sixteenth-century...


Stories of Our Lives: Memory, History, Narrative

by Frank de Caro

In Stories of Our Lives Frank de Caro demonstrates the value of personal narratives in enlightening our lives and our world. We all live with legends, family sagas, and anecdotes that shape our selves and give...