Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife 2 volumes by Liz Locke, Theresa A. Vaughan, Pauline Greenhill

By Liz Locke, Theresa A. Vaughan, Pauline Greenhill

From the stone age to the cyber age, men and women have skilled the area another way. Out of a cosmos of goddesses and she-devils, earth moms and madonnas, witches and queens, saints and whores, an unlimited physique of women's folklore has come into bloom. overseas in scope and drawing on greater than a hundred thirty professional participants, this encyclopedia stories the myths, traditions, and ideology crucial to women's day-by-day lives. greater than 260 alphabetically prepared entries conceal the lore of ladies throughout time, house, and existence. scholars of heritage, faith and spirituality, therapeutic and standard medication, literature, and international cultures will worth this encyclopedia as an essential advisor to women's folklore.In addition, there are entries on women's folklore and folklife in 15 areas of the realm, similar to the Caribbean, imperative Asia, the center East, and Western Europe. Entries supply cross-references and cite works for extra interpreting, and the encyclopedia closes with a specific bibliography of print and digital assets. scholars studying approximately historical past, global cultures, faith and spirituality, therapeutic and standard drugs, and literature will welcome this spouse to the way of life of ladies throughout time and continents.

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Hollis, Susan Tower, Linda Pershing, and M. Jane Young, eds. Feminist Theory and the Study of Folklore. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993. Jordan, Rosan, and Susan J. Kalcik, eds. Women’s Folklore, Women’s Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985. Langlois, Janet L. ’’ In Feminist Messages: Coding in Women’s Folk Culture, ed. Joan Newlon Radner, 80–97. Urbana: University of Chicago Press, 1993. Magliocco, Sabina, ed. ’’ Ethnologies, vol. 20, no. 1 (1998). Mathieu, Jocelyne, ed.

Rumored to have evil powers, these women were further isolated by stories about their actions. Alienating as the experience of being called a witch certainly was, many women nevertheless used their witch identity, capitalizing on community beliefs that witches would punish those who crossed them to ensure that they received enough food and supplies to live. Few community members would dare to refuse a witch’s request, and fear of her retribution encouraged many to ensure that her needs were met.

5. Ferraro appears in domestic or explicitly sexual contexts (Jordan and Kalcik 1985: 362). Although female politicians are generally seen as acting outside their traditional roles as women, some actual women are near-incomprehensible in sociocultural terms. The idea that women are invariably nurturant precludes certain kinds of female killers. Women who kill their children and female serial killers are particularly unimaginable. Belle Gunness, ‘‘The Lady Bluebeard,’’ an American female serial killer preceding Aileen Wuornos, ‘‘apparently murdered at least one husband, several women and children, and numerous would-be suitors who had answered her matrimonial advertisements placed in Norwegian-language immigrant newspapers’’ (Langlois in Jordan and Kalcik 1985: 109).

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