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A Flowering Cross in the Robert De Lindesey Psalter C. 1220-1222(1)
A most unusual illuminated miniature of a cross which flowered at the moment of Christ's death appeared as part of a crucifixion scene in the prefatory circle of a psalter made for Robert de Lindesey, Abbot of Peterborough from 1214-22 (Morgan 1982,...
AT 545B "Puss in Boots" and "The Fox-Matchmaker": From the Central Asian to the European Tradition
Abstract The basic theme of taletype 545B unfolds in two narrative traditions which differ with regard to the hero, who can be a cat in the West or a fox in the East, and also with regard to the structure of the narrative itself. This paper discusses...
Folklore Studies at the Celtic Dawn: The Role of Alfred Nutt as Publisher and Scholar
At the end of the last century Alfred Trubner Nutt, distinguished folklorist and celticist, was president of the Folklore Society. On the occasion of his untimely death by drowning in 1910, Jessie Weston published an appreciation in the Folklore Society's...
Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 1998: Judges' Report
The 1998 Katharine Briggs Folklore Award was presented on Tuesday, 10 November by the then FLS President, Dr Juliette Wood, following a lecture at University College London by Dr Simon James of Durham University entitled "Celtic Myths or the Myth of...
Kathleen Basford, 1916-1998
Kathleen Basford, who died last December at the age of 82, was the first scholar to produce a full-length book on the subject of that enigmatic foliate head with leaves sprouting from the mouth, nose and eyes, known as the Green Man. The Green Man...
"Nothing to Lose": A Horsewoman and a Tall Tale
Abstract This essay examines the role of gender and the tall tale in an oral narrative collected from "Della Tombs," one of several working horsewomen living in a Western theme town, whom I interviewed during the summer of 1992. Assuming the...
On the Transformation of Apparition Stories in Scandinavia and Germany, C. 1350-1700(1)
Abstract Based on recent Central European research concerning the history of storytelling, this article explores the transformation of apparition stories in Scandinavia and Germany from the late Middle Ages through the Reformation to about 1700....
Roadside Memorials-Some Australian Examples
On Sunday 6 October 1998, during a holiday long weekend in New South Wales (N.S.W.), Australia, at around 2 p.m., beside the busy Pacific Highway south of Kempsey, without a building in sight in any direction, a family group was to be seen approaching...
Shick-Shack and Shit-Sack
Reviewing Ronald Hutton's The Stations of the Sun in a recent issue of Folklore, Malcolm Jones reminds us that 29 May, Shickshack Day, better known as Royal Oak Day or Oak-Apple Day from its association with Charles II's concealment in an oak after...
Technology Comes to "Celestial"
The Celestial Church of Christ, a Nigerian fellowship, has branches in cities all over England. Predominantly Yoruba in membership, its services combine the best of English and Nigerian musical traditions---soaring organ music and thudding speaking-drums....
The Anecdote as a Symbolic Expression of the Social and Cultural Milieu of Journalists
Abstract This paper analyses two anecdotes that circulate within the occupational group of newspaper journalists in Argentina. The analysis takes into account the strong interrelationship existing between the narrative and the social and cultural...
The "Country Dancers" in the Cambridge Comus of 1908
Abstract In July 1908 a production of Comus was staged at the New Theatre in Cambridge, an occasion which has been chiefly remembered for the emergence of Rupert Brooke as a charismatic leader amongst his contemporaries (Marsh 1918, xxxiv-xxv; Hassall...
The Folklore of Tameside: Myths and Legends
The Folklore of Tameside: Myths and Legends (inside, called The Folklore of Tameside: The Ashton and Longdendale Lordships). By John Walker and Michael Nevell. Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council with the Manchester University Archaeological Unit,...
The Generic Decorum of the Burlesque Kunstmarchen: E. Nesbit's "The Magician's Heart"
Abstract The formal features of folktale may sometimes be found elaborated in that part of the "literature of art" which works with folk literature, while other features may generically differentiate the two. This article suggests a preliminary...
The Green Man in Cumbria
With a few exceptions, the very numerous examples of Green Man carvings are benign, vigorous, cheerful and even noble (see Anderson 1990). Exceptions noted by Anderson include those on the west front at Chartres and Lincoln, where the human figures...
The Tell-Tale Eye
Abstract The purpose of this paper is the study and analysis of a fairly widespread false idea. I mean to take seriously one of these shreds of lore that are by and large known to everyone, and try to understand the traits that make it seductive...
Update: Folklorists and Anthropologists
In the course of a review essay of George Stocking's After Tylor (Bennett 1997; Stocking 1995), Gillian Bennett told the story of a failed attempt to amalgamate the FLS with the Anthropological Institute. To recap briefly, the FLS Annual Report for...
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