The European Folktale: Form and Nature

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Indiana University Press, 1986 - Social Science - 176 pages
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"Niles' excellent translation should bring Lüthi's sensitive and articulate study the recognition it deserves among English readers." --Library Journal

Lüthi demonstrates how the folktale, by its very distance from reality, can play upon the most important themes of human existence.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Depthlessness
11
Abstract Style
24
Isolation and Universal Interconnection
37
Sublimation and AllInclusiveness
66
Function and Significance of the Folktale
81
Folktale Scholarship
107
Structural Folktale Scholarship
126
Index of Tale Types
164
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Luthi is Professor Emeritus of European Folk Literature at the University of Zurich and one of the world's leading authorities on European folk narrative.

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