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The Anthropology of Wisdom Literature.cWanda Ostrowska Kaufmann
The Anthropology of Wisdom Literature
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Author: Wanda Ostrowska Kaufmann
Number of Pages: 184 pages
Published Date: 13 Sep 1996
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Publication Country: Westport, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9780897894722
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This unusual book examines definitions of the fable, apologue, parable, moral tale, etc. It then proposes the use of the term exemplum, used by medieval scribes, to define all types of wisdom narratives. It makes a cross-cultural structural analysis of the exemplum and identifies its tripartite structure composed of the promythium, the nucleus, and the epimythium. The book ends with an analysis of the reasons why grown men spent so much time writing and collecting these tales. It demonstrates that fables and related genres were not really meant for little children to learn moral lessons. They were used to teach complex religious and political ideologies, to safely ridicule tyrants and despots, to release tensions, and to give good or bad advice.

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