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Film, folklore, and urban legends

Author: Mikel J Koven
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2008.
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"In Film, Folklore, and Urban Legends, Mikel J. Koven explores the convergence of folklore with popular cinema studies, bringing attention to the significance of these intertwined modes of storytelling. Going beyond the identification of traditional motifs in popular cinema, Koven reveals new paradigms of film analysis that expand through the lens of folklore. In particular, this book focuses on the study of urban  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Motion pictures
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Koven, Mikel J.
Film, folklore, and urban legends.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2008
(OCoLC)619858767
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mikel J Koven
ISBN: 9780810860254 0810860252
OCLC Number: 137305954
Description: ix, 201 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
pt. 1. The study of folklore and film --
Folklore and film --
pt. 2. The search for a methodology --
Based on some forgotten lore : The Wicker Man, Frazer, and the ancient Celts --
Search for tale-types and motifs in the zombie film --
Orality as methodology for understanding vernacular comedies and the comic corpse --
pt. 3. Issues of belief --
Discourses of belief in The X-files --
"Buzz off!" : the killer bee movie as modern belief narrative --
pt. 4. Urban legends and film --
Studying the urban legend film --
The slasher film as folkloristic social script --
pt. 5. Ostension --
Film and ostension : the case of Candyman --
The convergence of folklore, belief, and popular media : the case of Most Haunted.
Responsibility: Mikel J. Koven.
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"In Film, Folklore, and Urban Legends, Mikel J. Koven explores the convergence of folklore with popular cinema studies, bringing attention to the significance of these intertwined modes of storytelling. Going beyond the identification of traditional motifs in popular cinema, Koven reveals new paradigms of film analysis that expand through the lens of folklore. In particular, this book focuses on the study of urban legends and how they inspired numerous films. In his analysis, Koven explains not only how film and television narratives are built upon preexisting popular culture beliefs but also how those beliefs are recycled back into popular culture. Film, Folklore, and Urban Legends is both the first book-length study of folklore and popular cinema and an introductory textbook for the study of folklore and film."--Jacket.

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