Storytelling Encyclopedia

Storytelling Encyclopedia

Historical, Cultural, and Multiethnic Approaches to Oral Traditions Around the World

Book - 1997
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This is the first definitive reference work to address the substantive elements of oral storytelling, a form of communication that dates back to the dawn of humanity. It is an A to Z collection of over 700 entries covering such major storytelling elements as motifs, character types, tale types, place names, and creation mythologies and storytelling techniques of cultures around the world. Examples of subjects covered are the contributions of pioneering folklorists and mythologists such as: Franz Boas, Stith Thompson, and Joseph Campbell; descriptions of such well-known Western tales as Cinderella, the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter, and the story of Exodus; as well as tales from Native American, African, and Asian cultures, including Indra and the Ants, tales of Anansi, the spider-trickster of the Ashanti, and the Cherokee Bear-man.


This is the first definitive reference work to address the substantive elements of oral storytelling, a form of communication that dates back to the dawn of humanity. It is an "A to Z" collection of over 700 entries covering such major storytelling elements as motifs, character types, tale types, place names, and creation mythologies and storytelling techniques of cultures around the world. Examples of subjects covered are the contributions of pioneering folklorists and mythologists such as: Franz Boas, Stith Thompson, and Joseph Campbell; descriptions of such well-known Western tales as "Cinderella," the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter, and the story of Exodus; as well as tales from Native American, African, and Asian cultures, including "Indra and the Ants," tales of Anansi, the spider-trickster of the Ashanti, and the Cherokee Bear-man.

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By way of introduction, four substantial essays discuss elements and techniques of storytelling and its history in modern America. Then some 700 entries identify and describe tales, characters, motives, and techniques from around the world including the Americas, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The articles average about half a page and include suggested further reading, recommended editions, and good cross-referencing. Readers are assumed to be practitioners rather than academic folklorists. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents over 700 entries for topics, themes, and individuals associated with oral traditions throughout the world

Publisher: Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1997
ISBN: 9781573560252
1573560251
Characteristics: xi, 543 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Leeming, David Adams 1937-
Sader, Marion

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