Author Name    Leavy, Barbara Fass

Title   IN SEARCH OF THE SWAN MAIDEN: A NARRATIVE ON FOLKLORE AND GENDER

Binding   Paperback

Book Condition   Very Good

Publisher    NYU Press 1995

ISBN Number    0814751008 / 9780814751008

Seller ID   RWARE0000027953

A read copy but no markings throughout, unblemished spine, NOT an ex-librar y edition: In her compendious study, [of the folktale of the runaway wife] Leavy argue s that the contradictory claims of nature and culture are embodied in the l egendary figure of the swan maiden, a woman torn between the human and best ial worlds. --The New York Times Book Review This is a study of the meaning of gender as framed by the swan maiden tale, a story found in the folklore of virtually every culture. The swan maiden is a supernatural woman forced to marry, keep house, and bear children for a mortal man who holds the key to her imprisonment. When she manages to reg ain this key, she escapes to the otherworld, never to return. These tales have most often been interpreted as depicting exogamous marriag es, describing the girl from another tribe trapped in a world where she wil l always be the outsider. Barbara Fass Leavy believes that, in the societie s in which the tale and its variants endured, woman was the other--the outs ider trapped in a society that could never be her own. Leavy shows how the tale, though rarely explicitly recognized, is frequently replayed in modern literature. Beautifully written, this book reveals the myriad ways in which the folktales of a society reflect its cultural values, and particularly how folktales are allegories of gender relations. It will interest anyone involved in literary, gender, and cultural studies.

Price = 700.00 JPY


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