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Elizabeth Mathias, Richard Raspa, “Italian Folktales in America: The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman”

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Elizabeth Mathias, Richard Raspa, "Italian Folktales in America: The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman"
Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr | 1988 | ISBN: 0814321224 | English | PDF | 348 pages | 27.2 Mb
In 1941, while studying folklore at Wayne University with Professor Emelyn Gardner, Bruna Todesco collected from her mother, Clementina, the twenty-two märchen and legends presented in this book. Bruna, her mother, and her father, John, immigrated to America in 1930 from their native village of Faller in the Veneto region of northern Italy

Elizabeth Mathias, Richard Raspa, “Italian Folktales in America: The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman”
Not just made up of the recorded texts, this book is also built on the reminiscences of that storyteller and some of her old neighbors in her birthplace, and is a record by two resourceful fieldworkers of what it takes to study memory culture. The result is a work that greatly enriches our understanding of who told (and tells) märchen to whom, why and how they are told, and, perhaps most important, under what conditions.

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