Proverbs: A Handbook

Proverbs: A Handbook

by Wolfgang Mieder

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Overview

Proverbs offer a concise record of folk wisdom and have appeared in oral tradition, literature, art, and popular culture for centuries. Written by the foremost authority on proverbs, this reference gives high school students, undergraduates, and general readers a concise yet comprehensive overview of proverbs in world culture. The volume begins with definitions and classifications of proverbs, followed by discussions of several notable examples. The book then examines approaches to the study of proverbs and the place of proverbs in literature, politics, popular songs, and everyday life. It closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources and a glossary. Included are numerous illustrations.

Just about everyone has heard at least one proverb, and most people have heard more. Proverbs offer a concise record of folk wisdom and have appeared in oral tradition, literature, art, and popular culture for centuries. One of the most varied and fascinating types of folklore, proverbs are studied at all levels and are of interest to a wide range of audiences. Written by the foremost authority on proverbs, this reference gives high school students, undergraduates, and general readers a concise yet comprehensive overview of proverbs in world culture.

The volume begins with definitions and classifications of proverbs and a discussion of their origin and dissemination. It then discusses several representative proverbs from around the world. This is followed by a review of scholarship on proverbs. The book next looks at how several proverbs have appeared in political speeches, literature, popular culture, and everyday life. The handbook closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources and a glossary. Included are numerous photos illustrating the role of proverbs around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313326981
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2004
Series: Greenwood Folklore Handbooks Series
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 357,426
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

WOLFGANG MIEDER is Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Vermont. His many books include A Dictionary of American Proverbs (1992), Proverbs Are Never out of Season (1993), The Proverbial Winston S. Churchill (Greenwood, 1995), The Politics of Proverbs (1997), and numerous others. He is also the editor of Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Definition and Classification

Definition Attempts

Proverb Markers and Meanings

Origin and Dissemination of Proverbs

Traditional Forms Related to the Proverb

The International Type System of Proverbs

Types of International Proverb Collections

Major Anglo-American Proverb Collections

Various Specialized Proverb Collections

Selected Bibliography

Examples and Texts

Big Fish Eat Little Fish A Classical Proverb about Human Nature

First Come, First Served A Medieval Legal Proverb from the Millers

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Tree A Proverb's Way from Germany to America

The Only Good Indian Is a Dead Indian A Slanderous Proverbial Stereotype

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors An Ambiguous Proverb of Relationships

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words An Advertising Slogan Turned American Proverb

Proverbs from Different Cultures and Languages

Authentic American Proverbs

Regional American Proverbs

Native American Proverbs

African American Proverbs

Selected Bibliography

Scholarship and Approaches

Proverb Journals, Essay Volumes, and Bibliographies

Proverb Collections and Future Paremiography

Comprehensive Overviews of Paremiology

Empiricism and Paremiological Minima

Linguistic and Semiotic Considerations

Performance (Speech Acts) in Social Contexts

Issues of Culture, Folklore, and History

Politics, Stereotypes, and Worldview

Sociology, Psychology, and Psychiatry

Use in Folk Narratives and Literature

Religion and Wisdom Literature

Pedagogy and Language Teaching

Iconography: Proverbs as Art

Mass Media and Popular Culture

Selected Bibliography

Contexts

A Man of Fashion Never Has Recourse to Proverbs Lord Chesterfield's Tilting at Proverbial Windmills

Early to Bed and Early to Rise From Proverb to Benjamin Franklin and Back

Behind the Clouds the Sun Is Shining Abraham Lincoln's Proverbial Fight Against Slavery

Conventional Phrases Are a Sort of Fireworks Charles Dickens's Proverbial Language

Make Hell While the Sun Shines Proverbial War Rhetoric of Winston S. Churchill

Man Is a Wolf to Man Proverbial Dialectics in Bertolt Brecht

Benjamin Franklin's The Way to Wealth

Proverb Poems and Popular Songs

Proverbs in Caricatures, Cartoons, and Comics

Proverbs and the World of Advertising

Proverbs as Headlines and Slogans

Selected Bibliography

Bibliography

Bibliographies

Proverb Journals

Major Proverb Studies

Multilingual Proverb Collections

Bilingual Proverb Collections

Anglo-American Proverb Collections

Regional and Thematic Proverb Collections

Web Resources

Glossary

Index

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