Traditional Slovak Folktales

Traditional Slovak Folktales

Book - 2001
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This delightful collection makes the rich but little-known Slovak 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 carefully preserved. 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.

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Pavol Dobsinsky (1828-85) collected the tales and published them between 1858 and 1883; few have been translated. The collection appeared at a time when the Slovak literary language was still being formed, and influenced its course. Cooper (Czech and Russian literature, Columbia U.) taught English in Slovakia in the early 1990s. To the 50 tales, he adds a pronunciation guide, glossary, classifications and commentaries, an essay on the 19th-century tradition of collecting tales, a map, and a substantial introduction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2001
ISBN: 9780765607188
Characteristics: xxx, 297 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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