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Presents an assortment of Anglo-American proverbs and proverbial phrases found in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and provides full bibliographical information for each entry.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: George B. Bryan
Publisher: Peter Lang
Release: 2005
File: 870 Pages
ISBN-13: 0820479470

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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.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Wolfgang Mieder
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release: 2014-10-30
File: 480 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781626743038

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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.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Wolfgang Mieder
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Release: 2019-04-04
File: 382 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780253040374

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The ten chapters of «Proverbs Speak Louder Than Words» present a composite picture of the richness of proverbs as significant expressions of folk wisdom as is manifest from their appearance in art, culture, folklore, history, literature, and the mass media. The first chapter surveys the multifaceted aspects of paremiology (the study of proverbs), with the second chapter illustrating the paremiological work by the American folklorist Alan Dundes. The next two chapters look at the effective role that proverbs play in the mass media, where they are cited in their traditional wording or as innovative anti-proverbs. The fifth chapter discusses proverbs as expressions of the worldview of New England. This is followed by two chapters on the proverbial prowess of American presidents, to wit the proverbial style in the correspondence between John and Abigail Adams and a discussion of Abraham Lincoln's apocryphal proverb «Don't swap horses in the middle of the stream.» The eighth chapter traces the tradition of proverb iconography from medieval woodcuts to Pieter Bruegel the Elder and on to modern caricatures, cartoons, and comic strips. The last two chapters deal with the origin and history of the proverbial expression «to tilt at windmills» as an allusion to Cervantes' Don Quixote and the many proverbial utterances in Mozart's letters. The book draws attention to the fact that proverbs as metaphorical signs continue to play an important role in oral and written communication. Proverbs as socalled monumenta humana are omnipresent in all facets of life, and while they are neither sacrosanct nor saccharine, they usually offer much common sense or wisdom based on recurrent experiences and observations.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Wolfgang Mieder
Publisher: Peter Lang
Release: 2008
File: 357 Pages
ISBN-13: 1433103788

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Genre: Folklore
Author:
Publisher:
Release: 2011
File: Pages
ISBN-13: OSU:32435083122218

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Includes both books and articles.

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Genre: English language
Author: Modern Humanities Research Association
Publisher:
Release: 2005
File: Pages
ISBN-13: SRLF:A0004722393

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Author: Die deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Publisher:
Release: 2005
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 16136438

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Quoting is all around us. But do we really know what it means? How do people actually quote today, and how did our present systems come about? This book brings together a down-to-earth account of contemporary quoting with an examination of the comparative and historical background that lies behind it and the characteristic way that quoting links past and present, the far and the near.Drawing from anthropology, cultural history, folklore, cultural studies, sociolinguistics, literary studies and the ethnography of speaking, Ruth Finnegan 's fascinating study sets our present conventions into crosscultural and historical perspective. She traces the curious history of quotation marks, examines the long tradition of quotation collections with their remarkable recycling across the centuries, and explores the uses of quotation in literary, visual and oral traditions. The book tracks the changing defi nitions and control of quoting over the millennia and in doing so throws new light on ideas such as imitation, allusion, authorship, originality and plagiarism .

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Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author: Ruth Finnegan
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Release: 2011-03-01
File: 327 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781906924331

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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.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Chair Department of German and Russian Wolfgang Mieder
Publisher:
Release: 2005-10-30
File: 323 Pages
ISBN-13: IND:30000102053794

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This study represents the first comprehensive treatise of American proverbs, each chapter including an interpretative essay, a special bibliography, and numerous texts in contexts. The fifteen chapters deal with the proverb in general, American proverbs in particular, proverbs of the immigrants, proverbs current in the various states, proverbs of the Native Americans, Afro-American proverbs, Benjamin Franklin's -proverbs-, proverbs in prose literature, proverb poems, proverbs in popular songs, wellerisms, proverbs in comics and cartoons, proverbs in advertisements, and a special final chapter on the modern American proverb -Different strokes for different folks-. A large bibliography, three indices, and forty illustrations are included."

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Wolfgang Mieder
Publisher: Herbert Lang Et Company Ag
Release: 1989
File: 394 Pages
ISBN-13: IND:30000002145138

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