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From the Back Cover: The mouse in the Coke bottle, the promiscuous cheerleader, the exploding Pop Rocks candy, the Kentucky Fried Rat. If the ballad and the fairy tale were the archetypal folklore forms of an earlier age, such contemporary legends constitute the preferred narrative genre of the late twentieth century. In Manufacturing Tales, award-winning folklorist Gary Alan Fine presents a major new theory of the creation and diffusion of contemporary legends in modern society. While ballad and fairy tale arose in folk communities and spread through trade and migration, contemporary legends thrive in societies crosscut by varied communication channels and relatively open networks. By looking at the social-structural background, the performance context, the personality of the teller, and the content of the text, we gain insight into the formation, dissemination, and disappearance of these modern legends. Fine identifies sex and money as key themes in contemporary legends, reflecting the public's disguised attempts to deal with major contemporary preoccupations. From the AIDS crisis to fears of food contamination in restaurants, popular anxieties are reflected in folklore. As dramatic, moving, comic, and involving texts, contemporary legends build relationships among acquaintances and strangers; as depictions of the world that we face every day, they provide perspective on potential challenges; and as shared information, they elaborate a consensual understanding of reality.
Title: Manufacturing Tales: Sex Money Contemporary ...
Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press
Publication Date: 1992
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, 1992. Book Condition: Good. 1st ed. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP18475198
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, 1992. Book Condition: Good. 1st ed. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP90267768
Book Description Univ Tennessee Press. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2716949094
Book Description Univ Tennessee Press. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2758652506
Book Description University of Tennessee Press. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0870497553I5N00
Book Description Univ Tennessee Press, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0870497553
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, 1992. Book Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. , 450grams, ISBN:9780870497551. Bookseller Inventory # 6449319
Book Description The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 1992. Wraps. Book Condition: Good+. First Edition. Book block tight; underlining and marginalia heavy in introduction - on only approximately 9 other pages throughout book. A few pages have small tear at front edges. Cover moderately worn; 212pp., including index. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 13209
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