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Bibliography: Essential Texts for Folk Narrative (Print)

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Folk Narrative Bibliography

This bibliography focuses on books analyzing folk and fairy tales. This list will be updated quarterly. You are invited to send additional titles to Ruth Stotter.


Analyzing Folk and Fairy Tales

Altmann, Anna E. and Gail de Vos. Tales, Then and Now: More Folktales as Literary Fictions for Young Adults. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, 2001.

Bacchilega, Cristina. Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997.

Bennett, Gillian, and Paul Smith. Contemporary Legend: A Folklore Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1993.

Bettelheim, Bruno. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. New York: Knopf, 1976.

Bottigheimer, Ruth. Grimms' Bad Girls & Bad Boys: The Moral and Social Vision of the Tales. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.

Brunvand, Jan Harold. The Taming of the Shrew: A Comparative Study of Oral and Literary Traditions. New York: Garland Publishing, 1991.

Cardigos, Isabel. In and Out of Enchantment: Blood Symbolism and Gender in Portuguese Fairytales. Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1996.

de Vos, Gail and Anna E. Altmann. New Tales for Old: Folktales as Literary Fictions for Young Adults. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, 1999.

Dundes, Alan. Little Red Riding Hood: A Casebook. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.

Dundes, Alan. Cinderella: A Casebook. New York: Wildman Press, 1983.

Ellis, John M. One Fairy Story too Many: The Brothers Grimm and Their Tales. (The University of Chicago Press, 1983.)

Goldberg, Christine. Turandot's Sisters: A Study of the Folktale AT 851. New York: Garland Publishing, 1993.

Haase, Donald, ed. The Reception of Grimms' Fairy Tales: Responses, Reactions, Revisions. Detroit: Wayne State University, 1993.

Haney, Jack V. An Introduction to the Russian Folktale. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1999.

Hansen, William. Ariadne's Thread: A Guide to International Tales Found in Classical Literature. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002.

Hearne, Betsy. Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989, paperback edition 1991.

Heuscher, Julius E. A Psychiatric Study of Myths and Fairy Tales. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 1974.

Kamenetsky, Christia. The Brothers Grimm and Their Critics: Folktales and the Quest for Meaning. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1992.

Luthi, Max. Once Upon A Time: On the Nature of Fairy Tales. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1970.

Luthi, Max. The European Folktale: Form and Nature. Translated by John D. Niles. Philadelphia: Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1982.

McCarthy, William B., ed. Jack in Two Worlds: North American Tales and Their Tellers. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. Traditional Storytelling Today: An International Source Book. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999.

---, and Brian W. Sturm. The Storyteller's Sourcebook: A Subject, Title andMotif Index to Folklore Collections for Children 1983-1999. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale Group, 2001. Note: This is a supplement (not a replacement) to the above reference book.

McGlathery, James M. Fairy Tale Romance: The Grimms, Basile, and Perrault. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991.

McGlathery, James M., ed. The Brothers Grimm and Folktale. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988.

Roberts, John W. From Trickster to Badman: The Black Folk Hero in Slavery and Freedom. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989.

Roberts, Warren. The Tale of the Kind and the Unkind Girls: AA-TH 480 and Related Tales. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1954, 1994.

Róheim, Géza. Fire in the Dragon and Other Psychoanalytic Essays on Folklore. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Sobol, Joseph. The Storyteller's Journey. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Stone, Kay. Burning Brightly: New Light on Old Tales Told Today. Peterporough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 1999.

Tatar, Maria. The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987.

Tatar, Maria. Off With Their Heads! Fairytales and the Culture of Childhood. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Taggart, James M. Enchanted Maidens: Gender Relations in Spanish Folktales of Courtship and Marriage. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990.

Thompson, Stith. The Folktale. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977.

von Franz, Marie-Louise. The Feminine in Fairytales. Putnam, Connecticut: Spring Publications, Inc. 1972.

---. Individuation in Fairy Tales. Putnam, Connecticut: Spring Publications, Inc., 1977.

---. Interpretation of Fairy Tales. Putnam, Connecticut: Spring Publications, Inc., 1980.

---. Shadow and Evil in Fairytales. Putnam, Connecticut: Spring Publications, Inc., 1980.

Warner, Marina. From the Beast to the Blonde. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.

Tale Type and Motif Indexes and Resources

Aarne, Antti. The Types of the Folktale: A Classification and Bibliography. Translated and enlarged by Stith Thompson. (Folklore Fellows Communications, No. 184.) Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1961, 1987.

Ashliman, D.L. A Guide to Folktales in the English Language: Based on the Aarne-Thompson Classification System. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.

Baughman, Ernest W. Type and Motif-Index of the Folktales of England and North America. (Indiana University Folklore Series No. 20.) The Hague: Mouton and Co., 1966.

Boberg, Inger. Motif-Index of Early Icelandic Literature. (Bibliotheca Arnamagnaeana, 27.) Copenhagen: Munlsgaard, 1966.

Boggs, Ralph Steele. Index of Spanish Folktales. (Folklore Fellows Communications, No. 90.) Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1930.

Choi, In-Hak. A Type Index of Korean Folktales. Seoul: Myong Ji University Publishing, 1979.

Clarke, Kenneth W. A Motif-Index of the Folktales of Culture Area V., West Africa. Unpublished Dissertation, Indiana University, 1958.

Cross, Tom P. Motif-Index of Early Irish Literature. (Indiana University Folklore Series, No. 7.) Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1952.

Hansen, Terrence L. The Types of the Folktale in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Spanish South America. (Folklore Studies, 8.) Berkeley: University of California Press, 1957.

Haring, Lee. Malagasy Tale Index. (Folklore Fellows Communications, No. 231.) Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1982.

Ikeda, Hireko. A Type and Motif Index of Japanese Folk Literature. (Folklore Fellows Communications, No. 209.) Helsinki: Acaedmia Scientiarum Fennica, 1979.

Jason, Heda. Types of Oral Tales in Israel. Jerusalem: Israel Ethnographic Society, 1975.

Kirtley, B.F. A Motif Index of Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian Narratives. New York: Arno Press, 1980.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Storyteller's Sourcebook: A Subject, Title, and Motif Index to Folklore Collections for Children. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale Research Company, 1982.

Mayer, Fanny H., translator and editor. The Yanagita Kunio Guide to the Japanese Folk Tale. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986.

Neuland, Lena. Motif-Index of Latvian Folktales and Legends. (Folklore Fellows Communications, No. 229.) Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1981.

Neuman, Dov. Motif-Index of Talmudic-Midrashnic Literature. Unpublished dissertation, Indiana University, 1954.

O'Suilleabhain, Sean, and Th. Christiansen Reider. The Types of the Irish Folktale. (Folklore Fellows Communications, No. 118.) Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1963.

Robe, Stanley L. Index of Mexican Folktales. (Folklore Studies: 26.) Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973.

Seki, Keigo. Types of Japanese Folktales. (Asian Folklore Studies, v. 25.) Tokyo: Shaiai Press, 1966.

Thompson, Stith and Warren E. Roberts. Types of Indic Oral Tales: India, Pakistan and Ceylon. (Folklore Fellows Communications, No. 180.) Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1960.

Thompson, Stith. and Jonas Balys. The Oral Tales of India. (Indiana University Folklore Series, No. 10.) The Hague, Mouton and Co., 1968.

Ting, Nai-Tung. A Type Index of Chinese Folktales. (Folklore Fellows Communications, No. 223). Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1978.


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 Folk and Fairy Tale Films

Ashpet. Davenport Films. 45 minutes.

Bearskin. Davenport Films. 20 minutes.

Beauty and the Beast. Jean Cocteau. 1946.

Bristlelip. Davenport Films. 19 minutes.

Company of Wolves - starring Angela Lansbury, 1984 (Red Riding Hood). Incorporated Television Company. 95 minutes.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel. Davenport Films, 1978. 15 minutes.

Rumplestiltskin. Media Home Entertainment/Heron Communication, 1987. 84 minutes.

Rumplestiltskin. Republic Pictures. 91 minutes.

Rumplestilkin. Fairie Tale Theatre. Distributed by 20th Century Home Entertainment. 40 minutes.

Soldier Jack. Davenport Films. 40 minutes.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Starring Vincent Price and Vanessa Redgrave. Faerie Tale Theatre: Playhouse Video.

Snow White: A Tale of Terror, starring Sigourney Weaver. Distributed by Buena Vista. 1996. 101 minutes.

The Tale of the Frog Prince - starring Robin Williams, 1982. Playhouse Video. 55 minutes.

Willa: An American Snow White. Davenport Films. 1997. 85 minutes.



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