The Hebrew Folktale

The Hebrew Folktale

History, Genre, Meaning
Eli Yassif, Eli Yassif, Dan Ben-Amos, Jacqueline Teitelbaum
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/16/2009
Format: Hardback 2 figures, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-33583-8
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Winner 2000 National Jewish Book AwardWinner 1999 Shalom Aleichem Award for the Study of Jewish LiteratureA Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2000

The most comprehensive account of its subject now available, this impressive study lives up to the encyclopedic promise of its title." —Choice

The Hebrew Folktale seeks to find and define the folk-elements of Jewish culture. Through the use of generic distinctions and definitions developed in folkloristics, Yassif describes the major trends—structural, thematic, and functional—of folk narrative in the central periods of Jewish culture.

Author Bio

Eli Yassif is Professor of Hebrew literature and Jewish Folklore at Tel-Aviv University He is the author of many books including The Study of Jewish Folklore: An Annotated Bibliography, The Golem of Prague, and The Knight, the Demon and the Virgin: An Anthology of Hebrew Stories from the Middle Ages.

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