The Blood Libel Legend: A Casebook in Anti-Semitic Folklore by Alan Dundes

By Alan Dundes

What will we be aware of of the ability of legend? How can we positioned to relaxation a vicious tale, born greater than 9 centuries in the past but surfacing even at the present time on American tv talkshows? The notorious blood libel legend was once in part answerable for the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, the root of persecutions and genuine court trials all through Europe, and exploited in Nazi propaganda. Alan Dundes, during this casebook of an anti-Semitic legend, demonstrates the ability of folklore to persuade proposal and heritage. in response to the blood libel legend, Jews murdered Christian babies to procure blood to make matzah. Dundes has accrued right here the paintings of prime students who study the various assets and gildings of the legend. jointly, their essays represent a forceful assertion by contrast fake accusation. The legend is traced from the homicide of William of Norwich in 1144, one of many first said circumstances of ritualized homicide attributed to Jews, via 19th-century Egyptian studies, Spanish examples, Catholic periodicals, glossy English situations and 20th-century American situations. The essays deal not just with old instances and surveys of blood libel in numerous locales, but in addition with literary renditions of the legend, together with the ballad "Sir Hugh, or the Jew's Daughter" and Chaucer's "The Prioress's Tale". those case stories offer a entire view of the complicated nature of the blood libel legend. The concluding component of the quantity comprises an research of the legend that makes a speciality of Christian false impression of the Jewish banquet of Purim and the kid abuse part of the legend and that makes an attempt to deliver psychoanalytic concept to undergo at the content material of the blood libel legend. the ultimate essay by way of Alan Dundes takes a relatively folkloristic process, studying the legend as a part of the assumption procedure that Christians built approximately Jews. This research of the blood libel legend may still curiosity folklorists, students of Catholicism and Judaism, and plenty of common readers, for it truly is either the literature and the heritage of anit-Semitism.

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From game to war and other psychoanalytic essays on by Alan Dundes

By Alan Dundes

Even though folklore has been amassed for hundreds of years, its attainable subconscious content material and value were explored basically because the creation of psychoanalytic thought. Freud and a few of his early disciples famous the opportunity of such folkloristic genres as fantasy, folktale, and legend to light up the difficult workings of the human psyche. during this quantity Alan Dundes, a popular folklorist who has effectively committed the higher a part of his occupation to utilizing psychoanalytic conception to the fabrics of folklore, deals 5 of his newest and mature essays in this subject.

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The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, by Richard E. W. Adams, Murdo J. MacLeod

By Richard E. W. Adams, Murdo J. MacLeod

The Cambridge historical past of the local Peoples of the Americas, quantity II: Mesoamerica, provides a complete and authoritative evaluate of all of the vital local civilizations of the Mesoamerican quarter, starting with archaeological discussions of paleoindian, archaic and preclassic societies and carrying on with to the current. totally illustrated and engagingly written, the publication is split into sections that debate the local cultures of Mesoamerica ahead of and after their first touch with the Europeans. a few of the chapters stability theoretical issues of view as they hint the cultural background and evolutionary improvement of such teams because the Olmec, the Maya, the Aztec, the Zapotec, and the Tarascan.

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Homer's The Iliad by Harold Bloom

By Harold Bloom

In his advent Harold Bloom states that, including the Bible, the Iliad "represents the root of Western literature, suggestion, and spirituality." The piece is the point of interest of this identify in our Bloom's Notes sequence. in addition to a suite of a few of the simplest feedback on hand at the paintings, this article features a structural and thematic research, an index of subject matters and ideas, and extra. This sequence is edited by way of Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, big apple collage Graduate college. those texts are the precise relief for all scholars of literature, offering concise, easy-to-understand biographical, severe, and bibliographical details on a selected literary paintings. additionally supplied are a number of resources for e-book experiences and time period papers with a wealth of data on literary works, authors, and significant characters.

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The Lightning Stick: Arrows, Wounds, And Indian Legends by H. Henrietta Stockel

By H. Henrietta Stockel

From the writer of Survival of the Spirit and ladies of the Apache state, this publication bargains a brand new method of American historical past, American Indian historical past and scientific heritage. concentrating on the bow and arrow, it additionally covers such topics as early barber-surgeons, box surgeons within the previous West, a how-to on scalping, pre-Columbian surgeons, previous global healers, and several other instances of restoration from arrow wounds.

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Conversing by signs: poetics of implication in colonial New by Robert Blair St. George

By Robert Blair St. George

The writer demonstrates how New England colonialists lived in a densely metaphoric panorama, exploring the hyperlinks among such cultural expressions as witchcraft narratives and 18th-century crowd violence. He questions the particular influence of the Enlightenment in this weather of worry and instability.

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Possessions: The History and Uses of Haunting in the Hudson by Judith Richardson

By Judith Richardson

The cultural panorama of the Hudson River Valley is crowded with ghosts--the ghosts of local americans and Dutch colonists, of innovative warfare squaddies and spies, of presidents, slaves, clergymen, and employees. Possessions asks why this quarter simply outdoor big apple urban turned the locus for therefore many ghostly stories, and indicates how those hauntings got here to function as a unusual form of social reminiscence wherein issues misplaced, forgotten, or marginalized back to say ownership of imaginations and territories. studying Washington Irving's tales in addition to a various array of narratives from neighborhood folklore and local writings, Judith Richardson explores the reasons and results of Hudson Valley hauntings to bare how ghosts either evolve from particular ancient contexts and are conjured to serve the current wishes of these they hang-out. those stories of haunting, Richardson argues, are not any mere echoes of the previous yet functionality in an ongoing, contentious politics of position. via its tight geographical concentration, Possessions illuminates difficulties of belonging and owning that hang-out the country as a complete. (20040401)

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The Wife and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

By Anton Chekhov

There are numerous variations of The spouse and different tales. This academic variation was once created for self-improvement or in coaching for complicated examinations. the ground of every web page is annotated with a mini-thesaurus of unusual phrases highlighted within the textual content, together with synonyms and antonyms. Designed for college districts, educators, and scholars looking to maximize functionality on standardized checks, Webster’s paperbacks benefit from the truth that classics are often assigned readings. A operating word list on the backside of every web page turns out to be useful to scholars who're actively construction their vocabularies in anticipation of taking PSAT®, SAT®, AP® (Advanced Placement®), GRE®, LSAT®, GMAT® or comparable examinations. This version exposes the reader to a greatest variety of “difficult, and infrequently encountered” phrases in examinations. instead of offer a unmarried synonym, many are supplied for a number of meanings, permitting readers to raised clutch the anomaly of the English language, and keep away from utilizing the notes as a natural crutch. Having the reader decipher a word’s which means inside context serves to enhance vocabulary retention and realizing. each one web page covers phrases no longer already highlighted on earlier pages. PSAT® is a registered trademark of the varsity front exam Board and the nationwide benefit Scholarship company neither of which sponsors or endorses this publication; SAT® is a registered trademark of the varsity Board which neither sponsors nor endorses this booklet; GRE®, AP® and complex Placement® are registered logos of the academic checking out carrier which neither sponsors nor endorses this booklet, GMAT® is a registered trademark of the Graduate administration Admissions Council that is neither affiliated with this booklet nor endorses this publication, LSAT® is a registered trademark of the legislations college Admissions Council which neither sponsors nor endorses this product. All rights reserved.

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The Marengo Jake Stories: The Tales of Jake Mitchell and by Jake Mitchell, Kathryn Sport, Bert Hitchcock, Visit Amazon's

By Jake Mitchell, Kathryn Sport, Bert Hitchcock, Visit Amazon's Robert Wilton Burton Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Robert Wilton Burton,

Between 1885 and 1894 The Montgomery Advertiser, The Birmingham-Age Herald, and The New Orleans occasions Democrat featured a chain of approximately eighty funny black-dialect sketches by way of Robert Wilton Burton, a bookseller and author from Auburn, Alabama.  in keeping with Burton, those stories have been in line with numerous characters within the black group of Auburn, and 36 of them have been dedicated completely to a personality known as "Marengo Jake."  most likely initially from Virginia, Jake Mitchell used to be delivered to the Drake Plantation in Marengo county as a boy within the 1850's.  After the Civil battle, the Drake relations moved to Auburn and plenty of former slaves undefined, forming a reasonably large expatriate Marengo County community.  The subject matter of the tales, frequently comparable by means of Jake, facilities at the superiority of all issues from Marengo County, in particular over these in Lee County, during which Auburn is located.

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