Archetypes and Motifs in Folklore and Literature: A Handbook

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Jane Garry, Hasan M. El-Shamy
M.E. Sharpe, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 515 pages
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This is an authoritative presentation and discussion of the most basic thematic elements universally found in folklore and literature. The reference provides a detailed analysis of the most common archetypes or motifs found in the folklore of selected communities around the world. Each entry is written by a noted authority in the field, and includes accompanying reference citations. Entries are keyed to the Motif-Index of Folk Literature by Stith Thompson and grouped according to that Index's scheme. The reference also includes an introductory essay on the concepts of archetypes and motifs and the scholarship associated with them. This is the only book in English on motifs and themes that is completely folklore oriented, deals with motif numbers, and is tied to the Thompson Motif-Index. It includes in-depth examination of such motifs as: Bewitching; Chance and Fate; Choice of Roads; Death or Departure of the Gods; the Double; Ghosts and Other Revenants; the Hero Cycle; Journey to the Otherworld; Magic Invulnerability; Soothsayer; Transformation; Tricksters.

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This is a great reference book for students to use when studying archeypes. However, it is meant for advanced readers but the ebook function allows students to download as an MP3 or read the text in different languages. A quality reference source that will not become out of date. Read full review


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The Hero Cycle Various Motifs in
Death or Departure of the Gods Motif A192 and Return

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Fred R. Shapiro is Associate Librarian for Public Services and Lecturer in Legal Research, Yale Law School, and editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Legal Quotations. Jane Garry is Acquisitions Editor for Greenwood Publishing Group.

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