Kentucky Folktales

Kentucky Folktales

Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies

Book - 2012
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Kentucky Storytelling proposes to collect folktales and stories that have been researched, revised, and perfected by Frankfort-based master storyteller Mary Hamilton. The work collects a range of stories from tall tales like "Some Dog" and "Otis Ayres Had a Dog," to true stories such as "Storm walker" and "Jeff Rides the Rides." Hamilton will annotate the stories where possible with information on sources, location, variants, and other details. Hamilton has painstakingly transcribed each story as she tells it herself, concluding each with notes on the genesis as well how the story evolved over time in response to audience reaction. For example, in the story "The Gingerbread Boy," in which a girl exacts revenge on an evil stepmother by eating a magical gingerbread cookie, Hamilton includes information from folklorist Leonard Roberts' original head notes, details which early version influenced her own telling, and notes how audiences react at certain points in the story. Although the stories can and will be enjoyed for their own merits, it is this commentary that will make the work a unique and valuable resource for scholars and professional storytellers. Kentucky Storytelling will join the Press's established list in regional folklore, adding Mary Hamilton's name to the list of giants in Appalachian and Kentucky storytelling that includes Ruth Ann Musick, Leonard Roberts, and William Lynwood Montell. The work will find an enthusiastic audience among lay readers as well as scholars and professionals with an interest in the art and craft of storytelling. Mary Hamilton, a professional storyteller since 1983, frequently performs at local, regional, and national storytelling festivals and conducts workshops throughout Kentucky on behalf of the Kentucky Arts Council. In 2009 she received the Circle of Excellence Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network.
Publisher: Lexington, KY : University Press of Kentucky, c2012.
ISBN: 9780813136004
0813136008
9780813136011
0813136016
9780813140308
0813140307
Characteristics: 219 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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