Encyclopedia of Urban Legends (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 525 pages
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"This reference work offers alphabetical entries on every aspect of the subject, including descriptions of hundreds of individual legends and their variations, legend themes, and scholarly approaches to the genre. The thorough coverage of urban legends of the United States, Canada, and other English-speaking countries is enhanced by entries for all countries in which published urban-legend collections are presently available: hitchhikers vanish all over the world." "Urban legends are a specimen of modern folk narrative, so this encyclopedia contains entries on how to collect, classify, and analyze texts and performances. Other entries discuss the relationship of urban legends to literature, film, comic books, music, and many other areas of popular culture." "All entries are cross-referenced and feature brief bibliographies. The introduction defines "urban legend" and sketches out the history of urban-legend studies. A general bibliography suggests further readings on the subject. The Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, which is illustrated, is based on the latest scholarship, including materials available on the Internet."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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A great reference for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of urban legends. Well-organized, a little repetitive at times but otherwise a fun read. Full of all the stories you know and love and a few that you may never have heard of. Read full review

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Jan Harold Brunvand is professor emeritus of English at the University of Utah.

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