The Hebrew Folktale

9780253335838: Hardback
Release Date: 16th April 2009

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 584

Series Folklore Studies in Translation

Indiana University Press

The Hebrew Folktale

History, Genre, Meaning

Written by
Eli Yassif
Foreword by
Dan Ben-Amos
Edited by
Eli Yassif
Translated by
Jacqueline S Teitelbaum
Hardback / £43.00

The most comprehensive account of its subject now available, this impressive study lives up to the encyclopedic promise of its title." —Choice

The Hebrew Folktale seeks to find and define the folk-elements of Jewish culture. Through the use of generic distinctions and definitions developed in folkloristics, Yassif describes the major trends—structural, thematic, and functional—of folk narrative in the central periods of Jewish culture.

Eli Yassif is Professor of Hebrew literature and Jewish Folklore at Tel-Aviv University He is the author of many books including The Study of Jewish Folklore: An Annotated Bibliography, The Golem of Prague, and The Knight, the Demon and the Virgin: An Anthology of Hebrew Stories from the Middle Ages.