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Behold the Proverbs of a People By Wolfgang Mieder

Behold the Proverbs of a People by Wolfgang Mieder

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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. Wolfgang Mieder shows that proverbs matter in culture, literature, and politics, and demonstrates that they deserve to be studied from a range of viewpoints.

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Behold the Proverbs of a People Summary

Behold the Proverbs of a People: Proverbial Wisdom in Culture, Literature, and Politics by Wolfgang Mieder

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.

Behold the Proverbs of a People Reviews

The book is extraordinarily well-researched, deeply immersed in the intellectual discourse of paremiology, and written in an animated, approachable style throughout. Mieder is unfailingly attentive to relevant historical, cultural, and social contexts in which proverbs are couched. All said, Behold the Proverbs of a People may well stand as one of his most important books on the subject to which he has dedicated a life of study."" - Greg Kelley, Journal of Folklore Research

""A scholarly and a personal milestone"" - Dan Ben-Amons, Folklore

""Wolfgang Mieder is the world's foremost authority on proverbs, and his new essay collection, Behold the Proverbs of a People, exemplifies the breadth, depth, and humanity of his scholarship."" - Charles Clay Doyle, author of The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs

""Behold in this book the power of the proverb to spin politics, shape social attitudes, and mold culture. Behold the brilliance of the prolific and ebullient Wolfgang Mieder, who in scintillating prose continues to enlighten readers with his fresh interpretations and innovative ideas on the power of language and tradition in pressing discourses of war and peace, race and equality, and place and identity. Behold his global reach and exposal of the local context. Behold in perhaps his most important book to date, reflections on modernity and peoplehood that show insights gained from studying the proverb as the `wisdom of many.'"" - Simon J. Bronner, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at Pennsylvania State University and author of Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University, published by University Press of Mississippi

About Wolfgang Mieder

Wolfgang Mieder, Williston, Vermont, is University Distinguished Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Vermont. He has published well over one hundred books and is the leading expert on proverbs in the world. He is the founding editor of Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship.

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NLS9781496814654
9781496814654
1496814657
Behold the Proverbs of a People: Proverbial Wisdom in Culture, Literature, and Politics by Wolfgang Mieder
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Paperback
University Press of Mississippi
2017-09-30
498
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