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Making Space for the Dead

by Erin-Marie Legacey Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

The dead of Paris, before the French Revolution, were most often consigned to mass graveyards that contemporaries described as terrible and terrifying, emitting "putrid miasmas" that were a threat to both health...


Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes

by Dwight F. Reynolds Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

An astonishingly rich oral epic that chronicles the early history of a Bedouin tribe, the Sirat Bani Hilal has been performed for almost a thousand years. In this ethnography of a contemporary community of professional...


Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India

by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes six representative Indian folklore genres from a single regional repertoire to show the influence of their intertextual...


The Transmission of "Beowulf"

by Leonard Neidorf Cornell University Press (May 15, 2017)

Beowulf, like The Iliad and The Odyssey, is a foundational work of Western literature that originated in mysterious circumstances. In The Transmission of "Beowulf," Leonard Neidorf addresses philological questions...


Hear My Sad Story

by Richard Polenberg Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

In 2015, Bob Dylan said, "I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that played them, back when nobody was doing it. Sang nothing but these...


Gilgamesh among Us

by Theodore Ziolkowski Cornell University Press

The world's oldest work of literature, the Epic of Gilgamesh recounts the adventures of the semimythical Sumerian king of Uruk and his ultimately futile quest for immortality after the death of his friend and...


On Greek Religion

by Robert Parker Cornell University Press

"There is something of a paradox about our access to ancient Greek religion. We know too much, and too little. The materials that bear on it far outreach an individual's capacity to assimilate: so many casual...


The Empty Seashell

by Nils Bubandt Cornell University Press (December 18, 2014)

The Empty Seashell explores what it is like to live in a world where cannibal witches are undeniably real, yet too ephemeral and contradictory to be an object of belief. In a book based on more than three years...