Dr. James Massengale is a Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA. The present work grew from Nordic folktale courses taught during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.2016 1-4955-0458-1
The folklore theorist Vladimir Propp (1895-1970) laid the foundation of a syntagmatic (sequential structural) model for complex oral narratives known as wondertales. His central work, Morphology of the Folktale,
was published in 1928 and translated into English in 1958, thereafter becoming a cornerstone of structural folktale theory. The ideas in this study constitute a point-by-point review of central aspects of Proppian analysis of his ground-breaking work .