Fantastic Creatures in Mythology and Folklore

From Medieval Times to the Present Day
 
 
Bloomsbury Academic USA (Verlag)
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  • erschienen am 23. August 2018
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  • 256 Seiten
 
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Drawing on historical sources, myth and folklore, Fantastic Creatures in Mythology and Folklore explores the roles of fantastical beasts - particularly the unicorn, the mermaid, and the dragon - in a series of thematic chapters organised according to their legendary dwelling place, be this land, sea, or air.

Through this original approach, Juliette Wood provides the first study of mythical beasts in history from the medieval period to the present day, providing new insights into the ways these creatures continue to define our constantly changing relationship to both real and imagined worlds. It places particular emphasis on the role of the internet, computer games, and the cyberspace community, and in doing so, demonstrates that the core medieval myth surrounding these creatures remains static within the ever-increasing arena of mass marketing and the internet.

This is a vital resource for undergraduates studying fantastic creatures in history, literature and media studies.
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Juliette Wood is Associate Lecturer at Cardiff University, UK. She is the author of numerous books, including Legends of Chivalry: Medieval Myth (2000) and The Eternal Chalice: The Enduring Myth of the Holy Grail (2008).
Acknowledgements
Note on Translation and Sources
List of Illustrations
Introduction
1. When Unicorns Walked the Earth: A Brief History of the Unicorn and its Fellows
2. Lingering in Sea Caves: The World of the Mermaid
3. Things with Wings: The Creatures of the Air
4. The Age-old Scourge: Dragons and Monstrous Serpents
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
Overall, the book can be a useful resource for students and researchers on this specialized topic of fantastic and mythical creatures. * Mythlore * Juliette Wood combines extensive learning about classical and medieval cultural history with a fluent, absorbing language ... Undergraduate readers will especially appreciate the many references to contemporary culture, films, cartoons, and computer games. Her book convincingly proves that age-old fantasies about more or less monstrous creatures still make up a part of our cultural baggage. * Journal of Folklore Research * This delightful survey of fantastic creatures and the environments they populate is an excellent resource for students. Well-written and expansive in its coverage, it invites readers to consider the complex relationships between imaginary beasts and the humans that created them. * Sarah Peverley, Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool, UK * Juliette Wood offers a vivid, mesmerizing, and highly readable survey of the monsters and magical creatures that have informed cultural imaginaries from ancient civilizations and medieval bestiaries to contemporary computer games and fantasy literature. * Kirsten Mollegaard, Associate Professor of English, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, USA * Because of its sheer range in space, time and coverage, Fantastic Creatures in Mythology and Folklore will be the definitive work on its subject for the foreseeable future. * Ronald E. Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol, UK *

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