Perspectives on the Jack Tales

Perspectives on the Jack Tales

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This volume is about North American MAcrchen, a vernacular art form that is often strangely ignored or misconstrued. At the same time, the vitality and appeal of the genre are evidenced by its persistent presentation as written literature. The essays in this volume reexamine common assumptions about qmagicq tales and their tellers, reconsidering the performance, collection, transcription, publication, and interpretation of narratives that continue to live orallya€”especially in the private realma€”as one mechanism of intergenerational communication or as a symbolic expression of worldview. In addition to four interpretive essays, six segments focus on storytellers and their transcribed narratives, accompanied by introductions that place them in context. Some segments compare editing practices or narrative styles; others represent the first publication of contemporary narratives or tales that have long lain in archives, unheard and unavailable. All attest to the skill of the tellers and the artistry of their creations.Interspersed throughout are examples of a vernacular art that has been strangely ignored or misconstrued, but whose vitality and ... In addition to four interpretive essays, six segments feature narrators and their transcribed narratives, accompanied by contextualizing introductions. ... In his substantial introductory essay, editor Carl Lindahl suggests the illustrative aim of each narrative section and alsoanbsp;...

Title:Perspectives on the Jack Tales
Author: Carl Lindahl
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2001

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