Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World


Author: Kathleen Ragan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393285871

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

View: 1659

One hundred great folk tales and fairy tales from all over the world about strong, smart, brave heroines. A definitive sourcebook of folktales and fairytales and the first of its kind to feature a variety of multicultural heroines. Dismayed by the predominance of male protagonists in her daughters' books, Kathleen Ragan set out to collect the stories of our forgotten heroines. Gathered from around the world, from regions as diverse as sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe, from North and South American Indian cultures and New World settlers, from Asia and the Middle East, these 100 folktales celebrate strong female heroines. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters is for all women who are searching to define who they are, to redefine the world and shape their collective sensibility. It is for men who want to know more about what it means to be a woman. It is for our daughters and our sons, so that they can learn to value all kinds of courage, courage in battle and the courage of love. It is for all of us to help build a more just vision of woman. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters breaks new ground by reexamining our notions about heroism. This book will appeal to parents who want to foster positive role models for their children. An invaluable resource of multicultural heroines for any school library.

Storytelling for Young Adults

A Guide to Tales for Teens


Author: Gail De Vos

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781563089039

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 5959

Discover tales that teens love to hear and perform. This guide suggests hundreds of smart, colorful tales, complete with brief plot summaries and bibliographic information.

Monsters of Film, Fiction, and Fable

The Cultural Links between the Human and Inhuman


Author: Lisa Wenger Bro,Crystal O' Leary-Davidson,Mary Ann Gareis

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527514838

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 412

View: 4429

Monsters are a part of every society, and ours is no exception. They are deeply embedded in our history, our mythos, and our culture. However, treating them as simply a facet of children’s stories or escapist entertainment belittles their importance. When examined closely, we see that monsters have always represented the things we fear: that which is different, which we can’t understand, which is dangerous, which is Other. But in many ways, monsters also represent our growing awareness of ourselves and our changing place in a continually shrinking world. Contemporary portrayals of the monstrous often have less to do with what we fear in others than with what we fear about ourselves, what we fear we might be capable of. The nineteen essays in this volume explore the place and function of the monstrous in a variety of media – stories and novels like Baum’s Oz books or Gibson’s Neuromancer; television series and feature films like The Walking Dead or Edward Scissorhands; and myths and legends like Beowulf and The Loch Ness Monster – in order to provide a closer understanding of not just who we are and who we have been, but also who we believe we can be – for better or worse.

Folk Heroes and Heroines around the World, 2nd Edition


Author: Graham Seal,Kim Kennedy White

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440838615

Category: Social Science

Page: 411

View: 2401

This comprehensive collection of folk hero tales builds on the success of the first edition by providing readers with expanded contextual information on story characters from the Americas to Zanzibar. • Supplies entries on folk tale characters worldwide that identify related heroes and heroines and provide additional contextual information • Features a geographical organization that enables readers to research a specific region's folk characters • Provides an alphabetical index as well as an index of heroic character types to facilitate cross-cultural and historical comparisons • Includes sidebars with passages from the folk tales, popular culture, and other items of interest

Literature, Science, and a New Humanities


Author: Jonathan Gottschall

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230609037

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 5754

Literary studies are at a tipping point. ." There is broad agreement that the discipline is in "crisis"--that it is aimless, that its intellectual energy is spent, that all of the trends are bad, and that fundamental change will be required to set things right. But there is little agreement on what those changes should be, and no one can predict which way things will ultimately tip. Literature, Science, and a New Humanities represents a bold new response to the crisis in academic literary studies. This book presents a total challenge to dominant paradigms of literary analysis and offers a sweeping critique of those paradigms, and sketches outlines of a new paradigm inspired by scientific theories, methods, and attitudes.

Literature for Children

A Short Introduction


Author: David L. Russell

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205410330

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 308

View: 1433

This succinct yet comprehensive introduction to children's literature focuses on genres and concepts rather than on particular authors. The completely updated edition of this groundbreaking text provides students with a clear literary perspective for understanding the foundations and contexts of literature, including the various genres of children's literature from picture to informational books. This "Fifth Edition" continues to be approachable and inviting with its clear and logical organization and its simple and direct prose. New To The Fifth Edition! New reorganization of chapters provides a better segue between Part I and II. Completely re-written chapter (previously titled "child development") now includes broader issues of children's studies and how they impact the literature. Significantly expanded history of children's literature including more titles and authors, provides a thorough and comprehensive background. What Reviewers Are Saying: ""I'm quite impressed with the way" the author "has succinctly discussed difficult ideas."" Professor Mike Cadden, Missouri Western State College "?"Students unfailingly react positively to" Literature for Children: A Short Introduction," It has a consistency in presentation and writing style that makes it a very considerate text."" Professor Patricia Leek, University of Texas, Dallas About the Author: David L. Russell is a professor of languages and literature at Ferris State University in Michigan where he teaches children's literature. His publications include critical biographies of Scott O'Dell and Patricia MacLachlan as well as numerous scholarly articles. Aformer member of the Executive Board of the Children's Literature Association, he is currently book review editor for "The Lion and the Unicorn."

Children Tell Stories

Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom


Author: Martha Hamilton,Mitch Weiss

Publisher: Richard C Owen Pub


Category: Education

Page: 264

View: 1065

"Presents concrete methods of incorporating storytelling by students of all ages into classroom practice to help teachers meet U.S. education standards of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and visually representing"--Provided by publisher.

The Jewish Story Finder

A Guide to 363 Tales, Listing Subjects and Sources


Author: Sharon Elswit

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

ISBN: 9780786421923

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

View: 8893

A subject guide to hundreds of Jewish stories, this book's purpose is to help teachers, rabbis, librarians, folklorists, parents, and storytellers find the right story to match their need. It also will lead educators to a wealth of Jewish stories on universal themes for use in multicultural programs for all ages. The stories are numbered for easy reference and grouped in broad categories--for example, God, faith, and prayer; rabbinic wit and wisdom; tricksters and fools; festivals and holidays. For each story, a list of tellings (author and book title) provides numerous options for the story seeker, and a list of keywords connects the story subject categories. Two cross-referenced indexes make locating stories easy, whether by subject keywords or by title. An appendix lists recommended stories for children of different ages, from lower elementary through middle school. The bibliography of almost 200 story collections and picture-book tales gives the information needed to locate a source for every story in the book.

Something about the Author


Author: Maikue Vang

Publisher: Gale

ISBN: 9780787687823

Category: Children's literature

Page: 288

View: 9685

An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, each volume in this series provides illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 70 children's authors and artists. This critically acclaimed series covers more than 10,000 individuals, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries typically cover: personal life, career, writings, works in progress, adaptations, additional sources. A cumulative author index is included in each odd-numbered volume.

Cassette Books


Author: Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Publisher: N.A


Category: Talking books

Page: N.A

View: 957

How to Develop Your Child's Gifts and Talents During the Elementary Years


Author: RaeLynne Pellinger Rein,Rachel Rein

Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary

ISBN: 9780737300888

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 160

View: 3334

Offers suggestions, activities, and books that will support and cultivate children's natural talents in leadership, creativity, social consciousness, and humor

Talking Book Topics


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Talking books

Page: N.A

View: 2440

Includes audio versions, and annual title-author index.


An Encyclopedia of Mythology and Folklore


Author: Josepha Sherman

Publisher: M E Sharpe Reference

ISBN: 9780765680471

Category: Social Science

Page: 904

View: 6924

Storytelling is an ancient practice common to all civilizations throughout history. Characters, tales, techniques, oral traditions, motifs, and tale types transcend individual cultures--elements and names change, but the stories are remarkably similar with each rendition, highlighting the values and concerns of the host culture. Examining the stories and the oral traditions associated with different cultures offers a unique view of practices and traditions. Storytelling:An Encyclopedia of Mythology and Folklore brings past and present cultures of the world to life through their stories, oral traditions, and performance styles. It combines folklore and mythology, traditional arts, history, literature, and festivals to present an overview of world cultures through their liveliest and most fascinating mode of expression. This appealing resource includes specific storytelling techniques as well as retellings of stories from various cultures and traditions.

Uncle Monday and other Florida tales


Author: Kristin G. Congdon

Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi


Category: Fiction

Page: 196

View: 7466

An elegantly illustrated collection of forty-nine traditional tales from the Sunshine State

Multicultural teaching

a handbook of activities, information, and resources


Author: Pamela L. Tiedt,Iris M. Tiedt

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205346639

Category: Education

Page: 425

View: 1386

MyLabSchool Where the classroom comes to life! Watch real classrooms in action in the MLS VideoLab. Study for the PRAXIS exam using our video cases and practice test! Prepare for your first (or next!) job interview with the MLS Career Center. Learn how to write effective research papers with Research Navigator. Contact your local Allyn & Bacon sales representative for more information about this great tool or for the Valuepack ISBN.

The Light Within

The Extraordinary Friendship of a Doctor and Patient Brought Together by Cancer


Author: Lois M. Ramondetta,Deborah Sills

Publisher: William Morrow


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 250

View: 7607

A gynecologic oncologist traces her life-changing friendship with her late co-author, a professor of religion and a cancer patient with whom she shared family struggles and travels to medical conferences throughout the world.

Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife: M-Z


Author: Liz Locke,Theresa A. Vaughan,Pauline Greenhill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780313340529

Category: Women

Page: 777

View: 9115

From the Publisher: From the Stone Age to the cyber age, women and men have experienced the world differently. Out of a cosmos of goddesses and she-devils, earth mothers and Madonnas, witches and queens, saints and whores, a vast body of women's folklore has come into bloom. The beliefs and traditions central to womanhood have colored a vast tapestry of literary, artistic, spiritual, and cultural achievements. International in scope, this massive encyclopedia explores the folklore at the heart of women's lives around the world. More than 260 alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 130 expert contributors detail the world of women from girlhood to widowhood and everything in between. Topics covered include: Abortion; Banshee; Barbie Doll; Best Friend; Cinderella; Courtship; Cowgirl; Cyber culture; Erotic Folklore; Folk Photography; Glass Ceiling; Hair; Hip Hop Culture/Rap; Lesbian and Queer Studies; Marriage; Menstruation; Muslim Women's Folklore; Photocopy Lore; Quilt making; and many more. In addition, there are entries on women's folklore and folklife in 15 regions of the world, such as the Caribbean, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. Entries provide cross-references and cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected bibliography of print and electronic resources. Students learning about history, world cultures, religion and spirituality, healing and traditional medicine, and literature will welcome this companion to the daily life of women across time and continents. FEATURES AND BENEFITS: 4 substantial overview essays survey the present state of scholarship on women's folklore and folklife around the world. More than 260 alphabetically arranged entries written by more than 130 expert contributors discuss a wide range of topics related to women's folklore and folklife. An alphabetical list of entries provides easy access to the contents of the encyclopedia. A guide to related topics groups entries in broad categories to help readers find related terms. Entry bibliographies list works for further reading. A selected bibliography lists the most important general print and electronic resources on women's folklore and folklife.

The Literary Animal

Evolution and the Nature of Narrative


Author: Jonathan Gottschall,David Sloan Wilson

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810122864

Category: Literary Criticism & Collections

Page: 331

View: 8834

In recent years, articles in major periodicals from the New York Times Magazine to the Times Literary Supplement have heralded the arrival of a new school of literary studies that promises-or threatens-to profoundly shift the current paradigm. This revolutionary approach, known as Darwinian literary studies, is based on a few simple premises: evolution has produced a universal landscape of the human mind that can be scientifically mapped; these universal tendencies are reflected in the composition, reception, and interpretation of literary works; and an understanding of the evolutionary foundations of human behavior, psychology, and culture will enable literary scholars to gain powerful new perspectives on the elements, form, and nature of storytelling. The goal of this book is to overcome some of the widespread misunderstandings about the meaning of a Darwinian approach to the human mind generally, and literature specifically. The volume brings together scholars from the forefront of the new field of evolutionary literary analysis-both literary analysts who have made evolution their explanatory framework and evolutionist scientists who have taken a serious interest in literature-to show how the human propensity for literature and art can be properly framed as a true evolutionary problem. Their work is an important step toward the long-prophesied synthesis of the humanities and what Steven Pinker calls "the new sciences of human nature."