Film, Folklore and Urban Legends (Paperback)
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Film, Folklore and Urban Legends (Paperback)

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Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 25/10/2007
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From Alien to When a Stranger Calls, many films are based on folklore or employ an urban legend element to propel the narrative. Films, Folklore and Urban Legends explores the convergence of folklore with popular cinema studies and focuses on the study of urban legends and how these narratives are used as inspiration for a number of films. Beginning with a general survey of the existing literature on folklore/film, this book addresses discourses of belief, how urban legends provide the organizing principle of some films, and how certain films "act out" or perform a legend.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810860254
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 349 g
Dimensions: 232 x 155 x 13 mm


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A major contribution to both film studies and folkloristics. It is an academic study in which the author argues that popular film genres and television programs like slasher films, vernacular comedies, killer bee movies, zombie films, and urban legend films advance the study of folklore rather than hinder it....Koven's book is a joy to read. His material is well chosen and familiar to the average reader....His book is a good example of how to make folklore relevant to both professional folklorists and the lay reader. This is the type of book professors would want to include in a course on folklore and film that emphasizes the nexus between urban legends and slasher films. I am certain that Koven's Film, Folklore, and Urban Legends will become required reading in the nascent research area of film and folklore. His approach to using theories and methodologies drawn from both of these fields, and applying them effectively to the study of urban legends and the concept of belief, offers invaluable insights into the study of this relatively new area of research within folkloristics. * Western Folklore *
Koven provides a solid framework and compelling arguments. * American Reference Books Annual *
As a whole, this group of essays provides a useful entry point to many important theories, practices and arguments about folklore and visual narrative, not least because it is in the form of essays aimed at specific questions rather than aiming to serve directly as a primer. The citations and bibliography alone are a valuable resource for anyone wishing to take up the subject. . . . Film, Folklore, and Urban Legends is a good place to start for anyone interested in working on the intersection of folklore and popular visual media. * Folklore *

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