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Sep 17, 2007 Carl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Students of folklore, anthropology, mythology, etc
The best book on interpreting fairy tales, period. I feel as though this book does everything right and should be taken as a paradigmatic example of how to study folklore, or related fields like mythology, medieval lit, etc-- basically texts not included in "literature", meaning a fairly modern canon which is distanced to an extreme degree from oral tradition. First Holbek limits ths corpus of his study and cautions us that this is a case in point of interpretation, not a universal theory (thoug ...more