Encyclopedia of women's folklore and folklife / edited by Liz Locke, Theresa A. Vaughan, Pauline Greenhill.

Contributor(s): Locke, Liz [editor.] | Vaughan, Theresa A, 1966- [editor.] | Greenhill, Pauline [editor.] | Gale GroupMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Gale virtual reference libraryPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (2 v. (lxix, 777 p.))ISBN: 9780313088131 (electronic book)Subject(s): Women -- Folklore -- EncyclopediasAdditional physical formats: No titleDDC classification: 398/.352 LOC classification: GR470 | .E63 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Summary: Provides entries on women's folklore and folklife in various regions of the world, such as the Caribbean, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. Includes history, world cultures, religion and spirituality, healing and traditional medicine, and literature.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

v. 1. A-L -- v. 2. M-Z.

Provides entries on women's folklore and folklife in various regions of the world, such as the Caribbean, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. Includes history, world cultures, religion and spirituality, healing and traditional medicine, and literature.

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A pioneering collection devoted specifically to the folkways of women, this two-volume set succeeds in amassing the work of academics, folklorists, and others to create a better understanding of the culture of women in North America and throughout the world. The work begins with four broad essays covering the scholarship of folklore by and about women: "Women's Folklore," "Folklore About Women," "Folklore of Subversion," and "Women Folklorists." The bulk of the set contains alphabetically arranged entries on a wide range of subjects, e.g., beauty, humor, material culture, myths, politics, and tradition. Readers will also find more focused entries on topics like the glass ceiling, old wives' tales, jump-rope rhymes, Lilith Fair, and Sunbonnet Sue. Editors Locke (expository writing, Univ. of Oklahoma), Theresa A. Vaughan (chair, humanities & philosophy department, Univ. of Central Oklahoma), and Pauline Greenhill (women's & gender studies, Univ. of Winnipeg) admit to a feminist perspective; the contributors represent the scholarly community of the folklore discipline. Bottom Line Each article is well research and well documented, with bibliographic references that add to the work's value. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. [Available electronically via Greenwood Digital Collection.]-Eloise Hitchcock, Cumberland Univ. Lib., Lebanon, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


The preface describes this two-volume set as an encyclopedia of folklore told by women--not only about women. Four leading essays represent a survey of folklore scholarship about and largely by women. More than 250 specific subject entries are arranged in alphabetical order. They vary from the very specific (the language of fans, needlework) to the more general (ballads, race, material culture). Individual entries run anywhere from a half page to several pages. All are signed and contain see also references and source citations. Following the table of contents is an alphabetical list of all entries. A guide to related topics in the front of each volume groups individual entries together using broad terms; e.g., the topic "Life Cycle" includes the entries "Aging," "Birth Chair," "Brideprice," "Daughters," and "Wife Sales." A bibliographic list of sources, including Web sites and a detailed index, is found only in volume 2. This title successfully accomplishes its goal, given its specific scope. However, it should not be viewed as the sole resource for information on women and folklore. Rather, it will be a good supplement for a broad folklore or women's studies collection. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. J. M. Piper-Burton West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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Liz Locke is Lecturer in Expository Writing at the University of Oklahoma. She guest edited Folklore Forum's 1997 special issue on myth, and her work appears in Folklore Feminists Communication and New Directions in Folklore .

Theresa A. Vaughan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma. She has served as editor of Folklore Feminists Communication and her work has been published in Journal of American Folklore , Western Folklore , American Ethnologist , and Folklore Forum .

Pauline Greenhill is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Her previous books include Undisciplined Women: Tradition and Culture in Canada (1997), Ethnicity in the Mainstream: Three Studies of English Canadian Culture (1994), and True Poetry: Traditional and Popular Verse in Ontario (1989). She has published in numerous journals, such as Journal of American Folklore , Journal of Folklore Research , and The Folklore Historian .

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