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Morphology of the Folk Tale

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"Morphology will in all probability be regarded by future generations as one of the major theoretical breakthroughs in the field of folklore in the twentieth century."--Alan Dundes "Propp's work is seminal...[and], now that it is available in a new edition, should be even more valuable to folklorists who are directing their attention to the form of the folktale, especially ...more
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published (first published 1928)
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Bill
Propp's foundational work on the structure of fairy tales is impressive, and it's a wonder that his work didn't find its way into English literary circles sooner than it did (it didn't show up for several decades). Rather than attempting to categorize fairy tales according to their characters or themes ("theme" being a term which he avoids because of the subjective nature of identifying a theme and the differing definitions attached to it), he identifies tales according to the dramatic functions ...more
Behzad
ترجمه ی فریدون بدره ای بسیار ترجمه ی خوبیه. یه مقدمه ی مشتی هم واسه کتاب نوشته که توش در مورد ریخت شناسی قصه های عامیانه و ساختارگرایی به طور کلی بحث کرده.
برخلاف نظراتی که معمولا درمورد این کتاب داده شده، اصلا کتاب خسته کننده و بیش از حد تخصصی ای نیست. کافیه به ادبیات و داستان علاقه ای در حد معمولی داشته باشیم تا در دو،سه مرتبه باز کردن کتاب، یکسر تا ته بریم.
Justin Evans
Extremely 'important,' brilliant, dry as dust structuralism. It pleasingly falls into place in the history of literary theory (structuralism as a better way of understanding literary form than pure historical reconstructions), and is as detailed as you'd expect. It should also be helpful for those who read or write fairy tales, which, for the uninitiated, is a very hip thing to do at the moment. For those who don't want to do history of theory, or fairy tales, this book will be fairly unhelpful. ...more
Intery
През повечето време си мислех колко ли би се радвал Проп, ако беше доживял създаването на TVTropes. И естествено там има статия за книгата, която е определена като "one of the first critical trope-spottings" <3
Linda
I haven't read much of this kind of thing so maybe I'm overly impressed but I think it's brilliant. It's also incredibly readable. I've had to read some lit-crit let's-decision-narrative-structure-historicism-blah-blah essays that were pointless and convoluted and seemed designed to put everyone off litcrit entirely so Propp's readability gets major points from me.
Headley Mist
Amazing reading - a mixture of what I've been expecting and what I have long forgotten about.

I guess this is the first time I see the literature explained through the economic formations - and feasible too. Sane and logical, that's what is wonderful. To tell the truth, I saw some before - but few (perhaps, I was born too late), and rather lame even for that.

Very, very say and disillusional - to differ from psychoanalysts and all that Jung.
Fabio Parisini
"Ho recuperato questo libro perché citato in un corso di teatro improntanto alla creazione drammaturgica. Sicuramente le nozioni riportate nel libro sono molto importanti e interessanti rispetto all'epoca in cui è stato scritto, tuttavia credo che il testo risenta del passare del tempo. Almeno per quanto mi riguarda, la lettura del libro non aggiunge informazioni realmente importanti a quanto già conoscevo prima di leggerlo, mi viene anzi da dire che si tratti di informazioni che sono entrate co ...more
Etienne Mahieux
En 1928, Vladimir Propp, un jeune folkloriste russe, proposait cette "Morphologie du conte" et un article, "Les transformations du conte merveilleux", reproduit dans ce même volume (ainsi qu'une étude assez dense de l'histoire de la question par E. Mélétinski). Son propos était de clarifier un certain nombre de questions quant à la forme esthétique du conte merveilleux populaire, afin de faciliter les débats historiques et génétiques qui faisaient alors rage. En dégageant trente-et-une "fonction ...more
Julie H.
This is a classic in narrative analysis and literary criticism. Propp, a Russian Formalist, unpacks the genre of folktale paring them down to their essential elements. Read as a follow-up to Levi-Strauss' The Structural Study of Myth, this book will make you an indomitable force!
Maria
Hmm where to start?
First of all, this man, Vladimir Propp, must have spend a considerable amount of time analyzing fairy tales and testing his framework for tale constructions! For that alone I have a lot of respect, because he succeeded in forming a theoric table of workable, logical data to analyze fairy tales. Which was not only categorized, but also very compressed (as is quite nice if you work with a bulk of data).
However, because lots of symbols are being used to express actions, I lost a
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Demi Abromaits
I picked up this book to use as a key reference piece for my own creative writing, having purchased it for a literature analysis class that used it to bring to light structural patterns in Grimm's fairy tales. While initially intimidated by the complex looking formulae, I found the detailed breakdown and categorization of plot elements, characters, and events to be extremely useful in the reading (and writing) of folktales. As a standalone reference point, the Appendix--List of Abbreviations dou ...more
Víctor Sampayo
En esta edición de la obra capital de Propp vemos un análisis formalista de los cuentos maravillosos —tomados casi todos de la tradición rusa—, tras el cual reside la conclusión de que todos los cuentos parten, estructuralmente hablando, de una misma fuente, la cual acaso sea algún mito primitivo o religioso. La taxonomía que emprende Propp recuerda a las clasificaciones biológicas y sirve para generar fórmulas narrativas cuyas variaciones y funciones son realmente limitadas, lo que reduce la im ...more
Inna Shpitzberg
" У мало подготовленного читателя может возникнуть вопрос: не занимается
ли наука такими отвлеченностями, которые в сущности вовсе не нужны? Не
все ли равно, разложим или неразложим мотив, не все ли равно, как
выделять основные элементы, как классифицировать сказку, изучать ли ее
по мотивам или по сюжетам? Поневоле хочется постановки каких-то более
конкретных, осязаемых вопросов, - вопросов более близких всякому
человеку, просто любящему сказку. Но такое требование основано на
заблуждении. Приведем ана
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Juan Bosco
En este libro Vladimir Propp analiza la estructura de una gran cantidad de cuentos populares rusos y a partir de los elementos comunes que encuentra en ellos propone una morfología, la cual va acompañada de un diagrama que muestra de manera visual cuál es la estructura de un cuento.

Aunque en apariencia es similar a The Hero With a Thousand Faces por el trabajo de encontrar estructuras comunes a las historias que por tradición cuentan las personas, el resultado del análisis hecho es diferente. Pr
...more
Darcy
This text was often referred to when I did film analysis at university. I was always curious about the book and finally tracked down a crisp new translation to buy to help with my own creative writing.
This is a relatively short and readable thesis about the structure of fairy tales. It breaks down the structure into functions and helps you understand characters and their motives. It is a little dry in places and not for everybody.
John
There is a lot of good information in there, but it is painful to read. Is it a mandate that serious scholarly works have to be dry as dust? There was such an opportunity to phrase the same information in other ways to make it palatable. This one did not do the trick.

I am glad that I read it and it has prompted some ideas for me. I can’t, however, say that I enjoyed reading it.
Victoria Caudle
This was really a fascinating read and so helpful for writing comparisons of folktales. While of course it is limited to the genre of fairy tales, Propp's work can be and has been extrapolated since this book was first published. This really is a great foundation text for anyone interested in folklore or folkloristics.
Jonathan
With apologies to my friend Erin, I just couldn't get into this. It's so academic and nitpicky. I appreciate his different way of analyzing the tales, but dear god this was dull reading!
Hayley Stone
Interesting, but often academically dense to the point of being impenetrable. A very clinical and, dare I say it, almost mathematical analysis of the development of fairy tales. Not for the casual reader.
Werehare
8/10

Estremamente interessante e per nulla complicato, tanto che anche io che sull'argomento avevo soltanto reminescenze di liceo sono riuscita a seguire tranquillamente tutto. Il primo saggio è più tecnico, per "addetti ai lavori", il secondo più apertamente dedicato al folklore e contiene spunti davvero brillanti, che mi hanno aperto un mondo su elementi che magari ho trovato fin da bambina nelle fiabe senza capirne l'origine. Non posso giudicare se e in quale misura sia superato (ha pur sempre
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Brian
I'm not sure how a book about folktales could be so...dull. Still, this is a unique book that shows the startling repetition of themes in folktales, and seems to me to powerfully support much of Jung's work, specifically about what he called the "collective storehouse of symbols." There's just too much cross-cultural overlap in the themes and forms of folktales from all over the world to ignore this. So four stars for the uniqueness and actual importance of the book. If I were to go back and re- ...more
Xitsuka
Overlaps with The Hero with A Thousand Faces.
Jovana Dimitrijevic
I had to analyze it, with crazy results. I just didn't get it why he had to slam Levi Strauss like that.
Joe Nelis
A fairly comprehensive look at the functions of dramatis personae in a particular set of fairy tales. Propp's analysis serves as a fine example of a study of a genre, but it does come across as deterministic. These functions are so specific to the particular stories that Propp analyzes that it is difficult to see their use for stories within other genres. Propp works as an example of structuralist analysis, but should be tempered with other approaches, such as those exemplified by Roland Barthes ...more
علی
Propp's ideas about the elements in texts, fables and narrations are unique.
ریخت شناسی قصه؛ ولادیمیر پراپ/ ترجمه : م- کاشیگر/ نشر روز/ 1386
ریخت شناسی قصه هدیه ای ست گرانبها به علاقمندان فارسی زبان. شیرینی و تازگی کار پراپ در بررسی عناصر قصه، کتاب را در حد یک رمان جذاب، خواندنی کرده است. در بسیاری زمینه ها این گمان پیش می آید که این عناصر پیش پا افتاده را، بسیاری دیده اند، اما پراپ باید نگاهی تیز داشته باشد که آنها را از قصه ها برکشیده و درشت، پیش چشم ما نگاه داشته تا به سادگی از کنار آنها نگذر
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Joyce
I wasn't entirely sure what I was expecting when I picked this up, but I don't think I was expecting Propp's work to be quite so analytical! Perhaps because I never thought Folktales could be so deeply dissected. Either way, while it was a very fascinating and different way of explaining fairytales, at one point the amount of information being packed into each page was so dense and complex that it quite overwhelmed my small brain.
Blandine
I had to read it for my MA dissertation and I thought it to be very boring. I suppose it's some great revolutionary book among the Literature researchers, but I don't really see what it brought to me as a student who loves reading for the sake of it.
Nathan
The grammar of the fairy tale.
Jennifer
I should have read this years ago when I was taking Folklore at CCSF, but I frankly had less gumption then. Will give it one more shot in the Great Winter Read of Oh Eight, once finals are over.
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Vladimir Yakovlevich Propp (Russian: Владимир Яковлевич Пропп; 29 April 1895 – 22 August 1970) was a Soviet formalist scholar who analyzed the basic plot components of Russian folk tales to identify their simplest irreducible narrative elements.
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