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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-xvi

Throughout the past thirty or so years in the academy, I have tried my best to apply psychoanalytic insights to the materials of folklore. It has not been easy. Freud has enjoyed minimal popularity among scholars in most disciplines, and indeed Freud-bashing seems to be on...

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1. The Psychological Study of Folklore in the United States

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pp. 1-24

The academic disciplines of folklore and psychology in the United States emerged simultaneously but independently of one another in the nineteenth century. Although there were marginal psychologists and folklorists, or at any rate individuals interested...

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2. Traditional Male Combat: From Game to War

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pp. 25-45

The history of folkloristics clearly demonstrates that the discipline is international in scope. Not only does folkloristic data cross geo-political boundaries- consider the distribution of most Aarne- Thompson tale types-but the small body of theory...

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3. The Apple-Shot: Interpreting the Legend of William Tell

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pp. 46-77

The legend of William Tell is almost certainly one of the best known stories in the world. Who has not heard or read of the brave Swiss archer who defied the standing order of the Austrian puppet-governor Gessler to pay his respects to a hat sitting on top...

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4. The Flood as Male Myth of Creation

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pp. 78-91

Questions of meaning are often eschewed in myth scholarship. A large number of the essays treating the flood myth consist of retellings of diverse versions of the narrative. A good many writings merely rehash the results of previous treatises, making little or no effort to...

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5. Why Is the Jew "Dirty"? A Psychoanalytic Study of Anti-Semitic Folklore

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pp. 92-120

In a 1942 essay "Antisemitism in Poland;' an anecdote said to have been current among American Jews of Eastern European origin tells of"a Jewish innkeeper who, during the Polish insurrection of 1863, risked his own life to save the life of a Polish nobleman who had taken refuge...

Index

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pp. 121-123