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The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning (Folklore Studies in Translation)by Eli Yassif
Synopses & Reviews
"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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -541) and index.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Jewish culture and the Hebrew folktale — The biblical period: the folktale as sacred history — The second temple period: the casting of narrative patterns — The folktale in the Rabbinic period: between folk culture and Rabbinic literature — The Middle Ages: external perils and internal tensions — The later generations: the folktale in confrontation with a changing world.
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