Social Science

Behold the Proverbs of a People

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

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Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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The thirteen chapters of this book comprise an intriguing and informative entry into the world of proverb scholarship, illustrating that proverbs have always been and continue to be wisdom's international currency. The first section of the book focuses on the field of paremiology (proverb studies) in general, the spread of Anglo-American proverbs in Europe, and the phenomenon of modern proverbs. The second section analyzes the use of proverbs in the world of politics, including a chapter on President Obama, while the third concentrates on the uses of proverbs in literature. The final section ends with detailed cultural studies of the origin, history, dissemination, use, function, and meaning of specific proverbs. Noted scholar Wolfgang Mieder shows that proverbs matter in culture, literature, and politics. Proverbs remain part and parcel of oral and written communication, and, he demonstrates, they deserve to be studied from a range of viewpoints. While various chapters deal with a variety of issues and approaches, they cohere through a rhetorical perspective that looks at the text, texture, and context of proverbs as speech acts that make a noteworthy impact on culture and society. Whether proverbs appear in everyday speech, on the radio, on television, in films, on the pages of newspapers or magazines, in advertisements, in literary works, or in political speeches, they serve as formulaic verbal devices to add authoritative weight through tradition, convention, and wisdom.
Social Science

"Right Makes Might"

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 398

View: 339

In 1860 Abraham Lincoln employed the proverb, Right makes might, (opposite of the more aggressive Might makes right) in his famed Cooper Union address. While Lincoln did not originate the proverb, his use of it in this critical speech indicates that the 14th century phrase had taken on new ethical and democratic connotations in the 19th century. In this collection, famed scholar of proverbs Wolfgang Mieder explores the multifaceted use and function of proverbs through the history of the United States, from their early beginnings up through their use by today's well-known politicians, including Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. Building on previous publications and unpublished research, Mieder explores sociopolitical aspects of the American worldview as expressed through the use of proverbs in politics, women's rights, and the civil rights movement. By looking at the use of proverbial phrases, Mieder demonstrates how one traditional phrase can take on numerous expressive roles over time and how they continue to play a key role in our contemporary moment.
Literary Criticism

American Folklore

Author: Jan Harold Brunvand

Publisher: Routledge

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 812

View: 445

Contains over 500 articles Ranging over foodways and folksongs, quiltmaking and computer lore, Pecos Bill, Butch Cassidy, and Elvis sightings, more than 500 articles spotlight folk literature, music, and crafts; sports and holidays; tall tales and legendary figures; genres and forms; scholarly approaches and theories; regions and ethnic groups; performers and collectors; writers and scholars; religious beliefs and practices. The alphabetically arranged entries vary from concise definitions to detailed surveys, each accompanied by a brief, up-to-date bibliography. Special features *More than 2000 contributors *Over 500 articles spotlight folk literature, music, crafts, and more *Alphabetically arranged *Entries accompanied by up-to-date bibliographies *Edited by America's best-known folklore authority
Social Science

"Right Makes Might"

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 398

View: 951

“A powerful and timely addition to the literature of rhetoric and folklore.” —Choice In 1860, Abraham Lincoln employed the proverb Right makes might—opposite of the more aggressive Might makes right—in his famed Cooper Union address. While Lincoln did not originate the proverb, his use of it in this critical speech indicates that the fourteenth century phrase had taken on new ethical and democratic connotations in the nineteenth century. In this collection, famed scholar of proverbs Wolfgang Mieder explores the multifaceted use and function of proverbs through the history of the United States, from their early beginnings up through their use by such modern-day politicians as Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. Building on previous publications and unpublished research, Mieder explores sociopolitical aspects of the American worldview as expressed through the use of proverbs in politics, women’s rights, and the civil rights movement—and by looking at the use of proverbial phrases, Mieder demonstrates how one traditional phrase can take on numerous expressive roles over time, and how they continue to play a key role in our contemporary moment.
Marriage

Marriage Seen Through Proverbs and Anti-Proverbs

Author: Anna T. Litovkina

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Category: Marriage

Page: 195

View: 640

This book explores various aspects of marriage and the ways it is viewed and conceptualized in the body of Anglo-American anti-proverbs (or proverb transformations). It also depicts those who contribute to the institution of marriage (that is, husbands and wives), and analyses their nature, qualities, attributes and behaviours as revealed through such anti-proverbs. In addition, the text investigates those who remain single and do not belong to the institution of marriage, but contribute to the institution of marriage. It will appeal to a wide range of readers, from the casually interested general reader to the paremiologist, paremiographer, lexicographer, and anthropologist.
Biography & Autobiography

Proverbs Are The Best Policy

Author: Chair Department of German and Russian Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 323

View: 525

Discusses the origins and characteristics of American proverbs and examines the role of proverbial speech in American politics from the Revolutionary War to the present day.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Phraseology and Culture in English

Author: Paul Skandera

Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 511

View: 762

Deals with the study of the relation between English phraseology - the study of formulaic language - and culture. This book focuses on particular lexemes, types of multiword units, use-related varieties (such as the language of tourism or answering-machine messages), and user-related varieties (such as Aboriginal English or African English).
Language Arts & Disciplines

Dictionary of Authentic American Proverbs

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Berghahn Books

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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

View: 823

Dictionary of Authentic American Proverbs offers a comprehensive reference guide for distinctly American proverbs. Compiled by Wolfgang Mieder, a key figure in the field of proverb studies, this compendium features nearly 1,500 proverbs with American origins, spanning the 17th century to present day, including a scholarly introduction exploring the history of proverbs in America, the structure and variants of these proverbs, known authors and sources, and cultural values expressed in these proverbs. Along with a comprehensive bibliography of proverb collections and interpretive scholarship, this dictionary offers a glimpse into the history of American social and cultural attitudes through uniquely American language.
Juvenile Nonfiction

The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs

Author: Martin H. Manser

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 499

View: 238

Lists the meaning and origin of more than 1,700 traditional and contemporary English proverbs.

The Worldview of Modern American Proverbs

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Peter Lang Us

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 256

View: 728

This is the first study of authentic modern American proverbs without including proverbs of British origin. It discusses the origin, nature, and meaning of modern American proverbs based on about 1500 texts.
Religion

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs

Author: Ellen F. Davis

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

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Category: Religion

Page: 306

View: 752

These books of the Bible, despite their differences, all treat the phenomenon of what it means to live wisely before God. In this readable commentary, Ellen Davis points out that the writers of these books considered wisdom--and the fruits of wisdom, a well-ordered life and a peaceful mind--to be within the grasp of anyone wholeheartedly desiring it. Books in the Westminster Bible Companion series assist laity in their study of the Bible as a guide to Christian faith and practice. Each volume explains the biblical book in its original historical context and explores its significance for faithful living today. These books are ideal for individual study and for Bible study classes and groups.