Traditional Slovak Folktales

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David L. Cooper, Pavol Dobšinský
M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 2001 - Social Science - 297 pages
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Popolvar and Johnny Pea may not be as well known as Rumpelstiltskin, nor Brother Birdie as beloved as the Ugly Duckling, but their Slovak heritage is as rich in charm and piquancy as any in the world. This volume makes that folk culture available for English-language readers. Most of the fifty tales assembled here from the collections of folklorist Pavol Dobsinsky are translated into English for the first time. The poetic qualities of the originals have been preserved for th reader's delight: Slovak rhymes have been replaced by English ones, puns have been repunned, proverbs have been rendered with proverbial concision, and the flexible Slovak folk idiom has been captured in appropriately colloquial English. The general reader will enjoy these tales immensely, and students will find an insightful introduction to the genres of the folktale and the specifics of Slovak tales. For expert readers, all of the tales have been classified according to the Aarne-Thompson index, and many include short commentaries that draw on the work of Viera Gasparikova. A treat for folktale lovers everywhere.
  

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Contents

The Enchanted Forest
3
Two Rascals
11
The Wizard
16
Stovey the Fool
19
The Spinner of Gold
21
The Gypsy Duped the Devil
27
Radiiz and Ludmila
28
The Golden Horseshoe the Golden Feather and the Golden Hair
36
The Tale of the Foolish Woman
157
Johnny Pea
160
The Man Who Never Sinned
171
Beautiful Ibronka
173
The Shorn Nanny Goat and the Hedgehog
178
The Old Man and the Twelve Sheep
182
The Twelve Months
186
The Wooden Cow
192

Brother Birdie
49
Lomidrevo or Valibuk
50
The Bear and the Mosquito
67
The Little Deer
69
Kubos Adventures
75
Mataj
79
Dalajlama
88
We Three Brothers
95
Lady Kitty
98
BladderBlatherskite and His Friends
103
Vintalko
105
Sitno
113
The PeopleEaters
115
The Sorceress Queen
122
Heavenly Glory
129
Old Bodrik and the Wolf
133
A Pair of Equal Beauty
135
Klinko and Kompit King
140
Kinglet Cooklet and Ashlet
146
The Old Maid and the Devil
155
A Womans Wit
199
The Toads Godmother
204
The Kids
206
Salt over Gold
208
The Tinkers and the Evil One
214
The Honest Valach
217
Auntie Death
222
Petor and the Heavenly Father in the Wide Vale
224
The King of Time
229
The Baca and the Dragon
235
The GoldenHorned Stag
240
Right
244
The Dead Suitor
253
Popolvar the Greatest in the World
257
Classifications and Commentaries to the Tales
271
Tale Collection in NineteenthCentury Slovakia and the Origin of Traditional Slovak Folktales
279
Slovak Countries in Nineteenth Century AustroHungary
280
Bibliography
296
About the Author
298
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About the author (2001)

Cooper first went to Solvakia as a Peace Corps volunteer in the early 1990s. While in Slovakia, he taught English. When he returned to the U.S., he taught Slovak language and culture at Pennsylvania State University. He is currently completing doctoral studies in Czech and Russian literature at Columbia University.

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