Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World

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Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from Around the World. Edited by Anne E. Duggan, Donald Haase, and Helen Callow. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 4 vols. Acid free $415.00 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-253-3). Ebook available (978-1-61069-254-0), call for pricing.

Named a Choice "Outstanding Title" in 2008, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales has been expanded by the current editors (Anne E. Duggan, Donald Haase, and Helen Callow, Wayne State University) for this equally outstanding second edition. The present work includes approximately one hundred additional entries in volumes 1-3, but the real value of this new edition is a fourth anthology volume that brings together historical overviews and analyses of the folktale and fairy-tale genres from a global perspective.

The anthology complements the entries in the other volumes by providing full-text samplings of important short stories and excerpts of longer tales to give readers the necessary context for comprehending the tradition in which the story falls. For example, the selection of tales in the "Hags, Ogresses, and Fairies" section illuminates the depiction of powerful female characters and their often complex role in the fairy and folk tale tradition, whether for good or for evil. …

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