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Review Of Moshe Gorali, Gideon Almagor, And Moshe Bick, The Golden Peacock: Yiddish Folksongs, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1972

Review Of Moshe Gorali, Gideon Almagor, And Moshe Bick, The Golden Peacock: Yiddish Folksongs, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

This handsomely produced volume of texts and melodies from the "Ruth Rubin Yiddish Folksong Archive" contains seventy songs, which, except for six, were hitherto unpublished. Most of them were recorded by members of the Ethnological Section of Haifa Music Museum and A.M.L.I. Library, and by Ruth Rubin herself from informants who came to Israel from Poland, Hungary, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, Bessarabia, Russia, and the Ukraine. In addition to the Yiddish texts, there are Hebrew and English notes and summaries of songs.


Review Of Bertel Nathhorst, Formal Or Structural Studies Of Traditional Tales: The Usefulness Of Some Methodological Proposals Advanced By Vladimir Propp, Alan Dundes, Claude Lévi-Strauss And Edmund Leach, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1972

Review Of Bertel Nathhorst, Formal Or Structural Studies Of Traditional Tales: The Usefulness Of Some Methodological Proposals Advanced By Vladimir Propp, Alan Dundes, Claude Lévi-Strauss And Edmund Leach, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

While formalism and structuralism became key concepts in linguistics, literary criticism, and the social sciences during the first half of the twentieth century, they appeared in folklore research only in the late fifties and early sixties, as a direct result of the publication of Claude Lévi-Strauss' "The Structural Study of Myth" (Journal of American Folklore, 68 [1955], 428-444) and the 1958 translation of Propp's Morfologija skazki (Moscow-Leningrad, 1928). Since then, structural studies in folklore have multiplied by the dozens, encompassing such genres as proverbs, riddles, ballads, and chants. Alan Dundes and Edmund Leach were among the first to elaborate ...


Review Of Haim Schwarzbaum, Studies In Jewish And World Folklore, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1972

Review Of Haim Schwarzbaum, Studies In Jewish And World Folklore, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

This is a book of comparative notes and studies for the texts which are published in a volume of Yiddish oral-narratives edited by Naftoli Gross, Maaselech un Mesholim: Tales and Parables (New York, 1955). Gross, a Yiddish poet and writer had had a lifelong interest in folktales. As he writes in the preface to his book, he himself comes from a traditional home in which both parents, a grandfather, and many neighbors frequently told stories. The end of the Sabbath day was the favorite storytelling time. He learned other traditional tales and anecdotes from his peers and mates in the ...