Wise Words

Wise Words : Essays on the Proverb

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The twenty essays that comprise this book, which was first published in 1994, were written by leading paremiologists and folklorists from Africa, Canada, Great Britain, Germany and the US. They represent the best scholarship on proverbs in the English language, and together they give an impressive overview of the fascinating advances in the field of paremiology.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 602 pages
  • 163 x 242 x 39mm | 1,021.98g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113884425X
  • 9781138844254

Table of contents

1. The Perception of Proverbiality Shirley L. Arora 2. Foundations of Semiotic Proverb Study Peter Grzybek 3. The Linguistic Status of the Proverb David Cram 4. Analogic Ambiguity: A Paradox of Proverb Usage Michael D. Lieber 5. Do Proverbs Contradict? Kwesi Yankah 6. Proverbial Perlocutions: How to Do Things with Proverbs Neal R. Norrick 7. Psychological Approaches to Proverbs: A Treatise on the Import of Context Tim B. Rogers 8. Slurs International: Folk Comparisons of Ethnicity and National Character Alan Dundes 9. Proverbs and Social History James Obelkevich 10. Bruegel's Proverb Painting: Renaissance Art for a Humanist Audience Margaret A. Sullivan 11. Paremiological Minimum and Cultural Literacy Wolfgang Mieder 12. The Pragmatics of Proverb Performances in New Mexican Spanish Charles L. Briggs 13. Chamula Tzotzil Proverbs: Neither Fish nor Fowl Gary H. Gossen 14. Proverb Performance in the Hebrew Bible Carole R. Fontaine 15. The Literary Use of Proverbs Roger D. Abrahams and Barbara A. Babcock 16. Telling It Slant: Emily Dickinson and the Proverb Daniel R. Barnes 17. The Fable and the Proverb: Intertexts and Reception Pack Carnes 18. 'When Adam Delved...': Contexts of an Historic Proverb Albert B. Friedman 19. 'The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence': An American Proverb of Discontent Wolfgang Mieder 20. Proverbs in Graffiti: Taunting Traditional Wisdom Jess Nierenbergshow more