Contes populaires de Palestine, 2003

This little book contains stories found elsewhere, in collections such as Speak, Bird, Speak Again! and Arab Folktales, but there are a few that are new. TABLE Le roi des oiseaux [The King of the Birds]Jloûkoum [Jloukoum]La ruse d'Abou l-Housayn [The Cleverness of Abou Housayn]L'oiselle demoiselle [Little Miss Bird]Châhîn [Shahin]Celle qui avait le mieux compris…

Arab Folktales from Palestine and Israel, 1998

Arab Folktales from Palestine and Israel by Raphael Patai. There is a lot to unpack with this one. I could simply say that it is of its time but that wouldn't really suffice. There is a lot of orientalism here, even at first glance. In general, the approach seems to be that if you read…

#AuthorToolBoxBlogHop and… Fairy Tales

Last night I thought that I glanced at a writer's craft book all about how to transform fairy tales into original fiction. I was wrong, but it did give me an idea for this week's #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop. 🙂 How *do* you fracture a fairy tale anyway? Take some tips from storytellers, via Vladimir Propp's Morphology of…

Andrew Lang Fairy Books Master Index

I am completing an index of every story in the Andrew Lang series of fairy tale books, by country of origin. This is mostly to make it easier for me to look them up on the fly. I hope that it may be of use to others. I will be updating this post until I…

Project Update: Granted Grants!

Astute followers of this blog will notice this logo now graces the website. I am so excited to announce that I have received a Recommender Grant for Writers from the Ontario Arts Council! The way the grant works: I sent a writing sample along with an application to recognized publishers in Ontario who then recommended…

Bible Tales in Arab Folk-Lore, 1928

The book in question, on my purse of many colours. My newest acquisition! Bible Tales in Arab Folk-Lore by Joseph Meyouhas, translated from Hebrew by Victor N. Levi. Once again, it is quotation time and once again, there is some disturbingly racist material in the introduction: The modern Syrian Arabs are descended in unbroken, if…