Syntagmatic Analysis of the Wondertale: A Methodological Alternative to Vladimir Propp’s Morphology of the Folktale ( Morfologiia Skazki )

Author: Massengale, James
Year:2016
Pages:520
ISBN:1-4955-0458-1
978-1-4955-0458-7
Price:299.95
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 .

Reviews

From the Author:
This study is designed for those readers whose interest in folklore and structuralism has brought the name and work of Vladimir Propp to their attention. The present study was designed partially as a clarification and corrective to that 100-year- old theory. But a more in-depth analysis of the great collection of Russian stories used by Propp uncovers new narrative formulae which are incompatible with his single-structure model. This analysis in turn leads to concepts such as concatenation and overlay, which can only be explained by a radically revised and open-ended discussion based upon manifestations of the storyteller’s telos or conceptualization of heroic patterns.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Chapter One: The Premise
Chapter Two: Regarding the basic method
Chapter Three: A Test Case and its Result
Appendix:
Chapter Four: The Simple Male Marriage Tale
Appendix
Chapter Five: The Bipartite Male Marriage Tale
Appendix
Chapter Six: The Dual Structures
Appendix
Chapter Seven: The Persecuted Females
Appendix
Chapter Eight: The Active Female Wondertale
Appendix
Chapter Nine: Of Beginnings and Middles
Chapter Ten: Of Proppian and Other Endings
Chapter Eleven: The Function of a Function
Appendix
Chapter Twelve: The Proppian “Move”
Chapter Thirteen: Concatenation
Appendix
Chapter Fourteen: Overlay
Appendix
Chapter Fifteen: Instead of a Conclusion
List of Texts and Paraphrases
Abbreviations Used in the Text
Bibliography of Works Cited
Index