Tales, Rumors, and Gossip Exploring Contemporary Folk Literature in Grades 7-12 by Gail De Vos
  

Tales, Rumors, and Gossip Exploring Contemporary Folk Literature in Grades 7-12

Written by Gail De Vos
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Tales, Rumors, and Gossip Exploring Contemporary Folk Literature in Grades 7-12 by Gail De Vos

Explore the stories and themes that capture the imagination of young people today. A sampling of tales is organized into broad subject areas, such as contaminated food, threats to children, and satanic legends, and the tales are analyzed according to function, structure, and international variants. De Vos also discusses film and literary adaptions and offers suggestions for adapting tales for the junior high and high school curriculum. Explore the stories and themes that capture the imagination of young people today. After a fascinating overview and discussion of contemporary legends (commonly referred to as modern urban legends and often told as true), de Vos examines them in their relationship to rumors and gossip, ostension (acting out the legends), the role of the media in formulation and dissemination, and related tales (e.g., literary horror tales). A sampling of tales is organized into broad subject areas, such as contaminated food, threats to children, and satanic legends, and the legends are analyzed according to function, structure, and international variants. De Vos discusses some of the literary and visual adaptations in popular culture and offers suggestions for adapting tales for the junior high and high school curriculum. A fascinating professional book, this is a great resource to use with young adults.

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?This is a fascinating, hard-to-put-down resource--for storytellers, teachers, librarians and anyone else who works with teenagers--and for the casual browser, who just wants to check out a rather dubious story she overheard at the mall.?-Story Bag

About the Author

GAIL DE VOS is a storyteller and consultant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the author of a number of books on storytelling.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
426 pages

Author

Gail De Vos
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Publisher

Libraries Unlimited Inc an imprint of ABC-CLIO

Publication date

15th April 1996

ISBN

9781563081903


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