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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales Hardcover – 30 Dec 2007


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"Starred Review Interest in folklore and fairy tales continues to grow, as evidenced by the number of new translations and anthologies being published every year. This scholarly compendium is a well-organized, well-documented introduction to the evolving field of folklore and fairy-tale studies....Meticulously documented and firmly grounded in scholarly research, most articles feature straightforward language and sufficient background material to be accessible to lay readers and novice researchers. This unique and timely resource is highly recommended for large public and academic collections, especially those that support literature or teacher-preparation programs or serve individuals pursuing careers or active in creative endeavors."-Booklist

"The Greenwood Encyclopedia truly stands apart with its multicultural scope and its theoretical framework that challenges the received knowledge of the field. Each volume contains a table of contents for the entire work and begins with a complete list of the alphabetically arranged entries. Cross-references, "see also" notes, and an index provide deeper access....I recommend The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales for academic and public libraries."-Reference & User Services Quarterly

"[A]n excellent overview of a tremendously influential literary genre, which is recommended for both public and academic libraries." -

Lawrence Looks at Books

"Interest in folklore and fairy tales continues to grow, as evidenced by the number of new translations and anthologies being published every year. This scholarly compendium is a well-organized, well-documented introduction to the evolving field of folklore and fairy-tale studies. . . . Meticulously documented and firmly grounded in scholarly research, most articles feature straightforward language and sufficient background material to be accessible to lay readers and novice researchers. This unique and timely resource is highly recommended for large public and academic collections, especially those that support literature or teacher-preparation programs or serve individuals pursuing careers or active in creative endeavors." -

Booklist, Starred Review

"Occasionally, a reference work is so good that one wishes for more of it. Haase.has assembled a stellar cast of scholars to provide the first thorough English-language encyclopedia on folk and fairy tales. . . . Nearly 700 signed, alphabetically arranged articles with bibliographies cover major approaches, important authors and scholars, and themes. Especially useful are the geographic essays. With no disciplinary limits, folklorists take their place alongside historians, sociologists, and literary critics. Similary, with no boundaries on media, the set includes motion picture adaptations as well as literary versions. It also covers children's literature. Haase's introduction provides a good summary of the current state of folktale research. . . . Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers." -

Choice

"Three hefty volumes provide global and multicultural coverall, from antiquity to the present, of the burgeoning field of folktale and fairy-tale studies. . . . A brief introduction highlights the reasons for and description of the increasing interest in folk and fairy tales around the globe. . . . Each entry includes highlighted cross references as well as, when appropriate, a see also section plus suggestions for futher reading. . . . The illustrations and photographs are black and white in this helpful resource for college libraries and special collections in large public libraries." -

VOYA

"[T]hese three tomes contain a wide ranging scope to studies in folk and fairy tales. Covering tales from the entire globe and with a timeframe from antiquity to the present, presenting information useful to a panoply of disciplines and including media telling's of the stories, and emphasizing the new ideas brought forth since 1970, the 670 entries point in any direction you may want to research. . . . The books are well made for a long shelf life. What is most useful is that each of the entries has a further reading bibliography with complete citations, which makes it easy to move onto other titles without having the last volume in hand." -

ARBA

"This scholarly compendium is a well-organized, well-documented introduction to the evolving field of folklore and fairy-tale studies, recommended especially for libraries that support literature or teacher-preparation programs." -

Booklist

." . . a serious and scholarly treatment of a growing field of study. Readers will find the coverage of genres, cultural and regional groupings, and the discussions of themes, motifs and critical concepts very enlightening. . . a unique and current contribution that gives readers a strong foundation. Without a doubt, academic libraries supporting courses in folk and fairy tales studies will want it in their collections." -

Against the Grain

"This unique three-volume set is an important addition to folklore and fairy-tale studies as it offers for the first time an encyclopedic introduction to the scholarship of this flourishing field. Global in geographical and cultural scope and covering a broad historical and disciplinary range, it features information about significant individuals and traditions from throughout the world, from antiquity to the present day. . . . Additionally, an extensive bibliography with citations to relevant primary and secondary resources names anthologies, scholarly studies, journal publications, and selected web sites. Rounding out the text are a guide describing the classification systems used in the entries, a guide to related topics, and a helpful index. The set is further enhanced by an informative introduction and interesting illustrations throughout the volumes. Useful to general readers as well as to students and scholars in the literary and social science disciplines; highly recommended for public and academic libraries." -

Library Journal

""The Greenwood Encyclopedia" truly stands apart with its multicultural scope and its theoretical framework that challenges the received knowledge of the field. Each volume contains a table of contents for the entire work and begins with a complete list of the alphabetically arranged entries. Cross-references, see also notes, and an index provide deeper access. . . . I recommend "The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales" for academic and public libraries." -

Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Occasionally, a reference work is so good that one wishes for more of it. Haase.has assembled a stellar cast of scholars to provide the first thorough English-language encyclopedia on folk and fairy tales. . . . Nearly 700 signed, alphabetically arranged articles with bibliographies cover major approaches, important authors and scholars, and themes. Especially useful are the geographic essays. With no disciplinary limits, folklorists take their place alongside historians, sociologists, and literary critics. Similary, with no boundaries on media, the set includes motion picture adaptations as well as literary versions. It also covers children's literature. Haase's introduction provides a good summary of the current state of folktale research. . . . Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers." - Choice

"This unique three-volume set is an important addition to folklore and fairy-tale studies as it offers for the first time an encyclopedic introduction to the scholarship of this flourishing field. Global in geographical and cultural scope and covering a broad historical and disciplinary range, it features information about significant individuals and traditions from throughout the world, from antiquity to the present day. . . . Additionally, an extensive bibliography with citations to relevant primary and secondary resources names anthologies, scholarly studies, journal publications, and selected web sites. Rounding out the text are a guide describing the classification systems used in the entries, a guide to related topics, and a helpful index. The set is further enhanced by an informative introduction and interesting illustrations throughout the volumes. Useful to general readers as well as to students and scholars in the literary and social science disciplines; highly recommended for public and academic libraries." - Library Journal

"Three hefty volumes provide global and multicultural coverall, from antiquity to the present, of the burgeoning field of folktale and fairy-tale studies. . . . A brief introduction highlights the reasons for and description of the increasing interest in folk and fairy tales around the globe. . . . Each entry includes highlighted cross references as well as, when appropriate, a see also section plus suggestions for futher reading. . . . The illustrations and photographs are black and white in this helpful resource for college libraries and special collections in large public libraries." - VOYA

""The Greenwood Encyclopedia" truly stands apart with its multicultural scope and its theoretical framework that challenges the received knowledge of the field. Each volume contains a table of contents for the entire work and begins with a complete list of the alphabetically arranged entries. Cross-references, see also notes, and an index provide deeper access. . . . I recommend "The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales" for academic and public libraries." - Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Interest in folklore and fairy tales continues to grow, as evidenced by the number of new translations and anthologies being published every year. This scholarly compendium is a well-organized, well-documented introduction to the evolving field of folklore and fairy-tale studies. . . . Meticulously documented and firmly grounded in scholarly research, most articles feature straightforward language and sufficient background material to be accessible to lay readers and novice researchers. This unique and timely resource is highly recommended for large public and academic collections, especially those that support literature or teacher-preparation programs or serve individuals pursuing careers or active in creative endeavors." - Booklist, Starred Review

"[T]hese three tomes contain a wide ranging scope to studies in folk and fairy tales. Covering tales from the entire globe and with a timeframe from antiquity to the present, presenting information useful to a panoply of disciplines and including media telling's of the stories, and emphasizing the new ideas brought forth since 1970, the 670 entries point in any direction you may want to research. . . . The books are well made for a long shelf life. What is most useful is that each of the entries has a further reading bibliography with complete citations, which makes it easy to move onto other titles without having the last volume in hand." - ARBA

"[A]n excellent overview of a tremendously influential literary genre, which is recommended for both public and academic libraries." - Lawrence Looks at Books

"This scholarly compendium is a well-organized, well-documented introduction to the evolving field of folklore and fairy-tale studies, recommended especially for libraries that support literature or teacher-preparation programs." - Booklist

." . . a serious and scholarly treatment of a growing field of study. Readers will find the coverage of genres, cultural and regional groupings, and the discussions of themes, motifs and critical concepts very enlightening. . . a unique and current contribution that gives readers a strong foundation. Without a doubt, academic libraries supporting courses in folk and fairy tales studies will want it in their collections." - Against the Grain

About the Author

Donald Haase is Professor of German at Wayne State University. His previous books include Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches (2004), and The Reception of Grimms' Fairy Tales: Responses, Reactions, Revisions (1993). He is the editor of Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies, and his work has appeared in such publications as Romance Notes, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Proverbium.


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HASH(0x9dc2a5c4) out of 5 stars Not Much Depth 6 Dec. 2008
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This book has just about every fairytale author listed, and has headings such as "Spanish Tales" or "Aztec Tales", but you can't search it thematically. I was hoping for a reference I can use to search common fairytale symbols, such as which tales have giants, which tales use gold and silver etc. That's an important part of tracing fairytales and identifying how they have evolved over generations and between cultures. Having an endless list of authors does me no good, especially since most fairytales don't have an original author. It's much more useful to search motifs and symbols to find connections.
At least if the index listed every single tale discussed in the Encyclopedia, or common symbols, that would be more helpful. But the index is also sparse. It also doesn't include many diverse fairy tales. If it does, and they are burried under some obscure authors' names, they are too difficult to find. It's a very expensive book, that is very difficult to use and doesn't have much depth.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e377a50) out of 5 stars Excellent source on Fairy Tale culture 2 Dec. 2009
By Chapel Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am currently teaching a college class on childhood and fairy tales and highly recommend this fairy tale encyclopedia to my students. Students of any age who are interested in the cultural and literary history of the folk tale, the literary fairy tale and in children's literature will find this an essential tool to look up important concepts and historiographies from the field. The volume's editor is one of the nation's top fairy tale researchers, and the articles in this compendium are easily accessible for professional researchers and for the general public alike. I found the book very easy to work with, as its entries are logically organized and generously cross-referenced around literary key words, authors, works and cultural trends. It is a great benefit that this edition also includes fairy tale materials from non-Western traditions.
5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9df22564) out of 5 stars Preview for a $300 book set Stinks 4 Oct. 2011
By Lajean Keller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The limited "look inside" this book is simply inexcusable. Considering the $300 price tag and reviews by readers, I cannot believe that the publisher refuses to show the full table of contents or the index. The publisher is a bit too proud of this number.
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