Proverbs in World Literature

Proverbs in World Literature : A Bibliography

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Literary critics and folklorists have long been interested in the use and function of proverbial language in literature. "Proverbs in World Literature" enables scholars and students to establish what has been published on proverbs, proverbial expressions, proverbial comparisons, proverbial exaggerations, and wellerisms in the works of many authors throughout the world. This international bibliography contains 2,654 entries, of which the first 284 comprise a section of General Studies. Proverb dictionaries based on texts collected from literary works, books and articles about numerous authors, studies of the interrelationship of proverbs and folk literature (fairy tales, legends, tall tales, folk songs, etc.) and theoretical writings on the integration and function of proverbs in literature in general are listed here. The second part of the bibliography is arranged alphabetically according to the last name of the literary author whose proverbial usage has been investigated. Anonymous works are also listed alphabetically. A name index of the scholars cited appears at the end. Extensive materials from many languages and cultures are collected and organized. The bibliography thus includes not only proverb studies regarding the major authors of world literature, but also those investigations that deal with regional more

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  • Hardback | 305 pages
  • 157.5 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 567g
  • Peter Lang Publishing Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • 082043499X
  • 9780820434995

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-This is a handy reference volume.- (David R. Mayer, Asian Folklore Studies) -Scholars in several disciplines will find this publication useful, but its greatest value will be to folklorists and literary scholars.- (W.K. McNeil, Choice) "show more

About Wolfgang Mieder

The Authors: Wolfgang Mieder is Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Vermont. In addition to editing "Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship," Dr. Mieder has written numerous books on proverbs, including "American Proverbs: A Study of Texts and Contexts" (Peter Lang, 1989); "A Dictionary of American Proverbs" (with S. Kingsbury and K. Harder); "International Proverb Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography"; and "Proverbs Are Never Out of Season: Popular Wisdom in the Modern Age." George B. Bryan is Professor of Theatre at the University of Vermont and has published several reference books on theatrical biography, the latest of which are "Stage Deaths: A Biographical Guide to International Theatrical Obituaries, 1850 to 1990," and "Ethel Merman: A Bio-Bibliography." In addition to "American Theatrical Legislation 1607-1900: Conspectus and Texts," Dr. Bryan has also written "Black Sheep, Red Herrings, and Blue Murder: The Proverbial Agatha Christie" (Peter Lang, 1993). Dr. Bryan and Dr. Mieder are co-compilers of "The Proverbial Bernard Shaw, The Proverbial Winston S. Churchill," and "The Proverbial Eugene O'Neill."show more