The European Folktale

The European Folktale

Form and Nature
Max L├╝thi
Translated from the German by John D. Niles
Distribution: World
Publication date: 2/6/2009
Format: paper 200 pages
5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-0-253-20393-9
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“Niles’ excellent translation should bring Lüthi’s sensitive and articulate study the recognition it deserves among English readers.” —Library Journal

Lüthi demonstrates how the folktale, by its very distance from reality, can play upon the most important themes of human existence.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dan Ben-Amos
Author’s Preface
Translator’s Preface


1. One-Dimensionality
2. Depthlessness
3. Abstract Style
4. Isolation and Universal Interconnection
5. Sublimination and All-Inclusiveness
6. Function and Significane of the Folktale
7. Folktale Scholarship

Supplement: Sturctural Folktale Scholarship

Index of Tale Types
General Index