Folktales and Reality

9780253350282: Hardback
Release Date: 22nd December 1991

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 320

Series Folklore Studies in Translation

Indiana University Press

Folktales and Reality

Written by
Lutz Röhrich
Translated by
Peter Tokofsky
Hardback / £34.00

Peter Tokofsky has provided English readers with a superb translation of one of the most important books on folktales." —Wolfgang Mieder

This classic work, first published in 1956, is now available in English. Along with Lüthi's The European Folktale and Propp's The Morphology of the Folktale, Röhrich's Märchen und Wirklichkeit is considered a key text in folklore scholarship.

Foreword by Dan Ben-Amos
Translator’s Preface
Preface to the Third Edition

I. Introduction

II. The Genres of Folk Narrative and Their Relationship to Reality
Folktale and Legend
The Aetiological Narrative
Saint’s Legend and Folksong
Folktales without the Happy Ending

III. The Folktale and the Reality of the Magical World-View Magic
Man and Animal—Transformation and Disenchantment
Manners and Customs
Cruelty in the Folktale

IV. The Modern Folktale as Believed Reality
Tribal Narratives
European Narratives

V. Paths of Rationalization
Ethnic Differences
Magical Thought and Modern Civilization

VI. The Folktale as a Mirror of the Real World
The Significance of Time and Place
The Social Milieu

VII. The Folktale’s Inner Reality
The Narrator’s Ego
The Folktale’s Themes

Selected Bibliography
Tale Indexes
Subject Index