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Proverbs : a handbook

Proverbs : a handbook

Author: Wolfgang Mieder
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004.
Series: Greenwood folklore handbooks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Defines and classifies proverbs, and explores their occurrence in oral tradition, literature, art, and popular culture.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mieder, Wolfgang.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wolfgang Mieder
ISBN: 0313326983 9780313326981
OCLC Number: 54960019
Description: xvi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Definition and classification. Definition attempts --
Proverb markers and meanings --
Origin and dissemination of proverbs --
Traditional forms related to the proverb --
The international type system of proverbs --
Types of international proverb collections --
Major Anglo-American proverb collections --
Various specialized proverb collections --
Selected bibliography --
2. Examples and texts. "Big fish eat little fish" : a classical proverb about human nature --
"First come, first served" : a medieval legal proverb from the millers --
"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree" : a proverb's way from Germany to America --
"The only good Indian is a dead Indian" : a slanderous proverbial stereotype --
"Good fences make good neighbors" : an ambiguous proverb of relationships --
"A picture is worth a thousand words" : an advertising slogan turned American proverb --
Proverbs from different cultures and languages --
Authentic American proverbs --
Regional American proverbs --
Native American proverbs --
African American proverbs --
Selected bibliography --
3. Scholarship and approaches. Proverb journals, essay volumes, and bibliographies --
Proverb collections and future paremiography --
Comprehensive overviews of paremiology --
Empiricism and paremiological minima --
Linguistic and semiotic considerations --
Performance (speech acts) in social contexts --
Issues of culture, folklore, and history --
Politics, stereotypes, and worldview --
Sociology, psychology, and psychiatry --
Use in folk narratives and literature --
Religion and wisdom literature --
Pedagogy and language teaching --
Iconography : proverbs as art --
Mass media and popular culture --
Selected bibliography --
4. Contexts. "A man of fashion never has recourse to proverbs" : Lord Chesterfield's tilting at proverbial windmills --
"Early to bed and early to rise" : from proverb to Benjamin Franklin and back --
"Behind the cloud the sun is shining" : Abraham Lincoln's proverbial fight against slavery --
"Conventional phrases are a sort of fireworks" : Charles Dickens's proverbial language --
"Make hell while the sun shines" : proverbial war rhetoric of Winston S. Churchill --
"Man is a wolf to man" : proverbial dialectics in Bertolt Brecht --
Benjamin Franklin's "The way to wealth" --
Proverb poems and popular songs --
Proverbs in caricatures, cartoons, and comics --
Proverbs and the world of advertising --
Proverbs as headlines and slogans --
Bibliography. Bibliographies --
Proverb journals --
Major proverb studies --
Multilingual proverb collections --
Bilingual proverb collections --
Anglo-American proverb collections --
Regional and thematic proverb collections.
Series Title: Greenwood folklore handbooks.
Responsibility: Wolfgang Mieder.
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Written by the foremost authority on proverbs, this reference gives high school students, undergraduates, and general readers a concise yet comprehensive overview of proverbs in world culture.The  Read more...


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