Bodies: Sex, Violence, Disease, and Death in Contemporary Legend
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi | ISBN: 1578067898 | edition 2005 | PDF | 313 pages | 1,8 mb
In this book Gillian Bennett traces the cultural history of six well-known legends that have been current in Europe and America from medieval times to the present day and have appeared in broadsides, ballads, myths, ancient and modern legends, novels, plays, films, television shows, and in stories told in the oral tradition. The book shows that contemporary legends are not just silly tales which can be dismissed as trivial and "untrue." Good stories though they are and embellished with fantastic details, they reveal much about the concerns and fears of everyday life and demonstrate the limits of knowledge and power in the modern world.