The Black Ox: A Study in the History of a Folk-Tale

The Black Ox: A Study in the History of a Folk-Tale

by Archer Taylor

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Overview

Reprint of Archer Taylor’s Study in the History of a Folk-Tale originally published in 1927.

“Such a tale as the “Black Ox,” and probably every tale in circulation among the folk, is at the same time a definite entity and an abstraction. It is an entity in the particular form in which it happens to be recorded at any moment; it is an abstraction in the sense that no two versions ever exactly agree and that consequently the tale lives only in endless mutations. The life-history of the “Black Ox” may with some justice be said to be a contradiction in terms, for we have not stopped to define of which version of the “Black Ox” we shall write the history.

The establishment of the normal form is consequently the process of defining just what we mean by the “tale of the Black Ox.”

Archer Taylor

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888215724
Publisher: Fathom Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Archer Taylor (August 1, 1890-September 30, 1973). Taylor earned his PhD at Harvard. He taught at Washington University in St. Louis 1915-25, University of Chicago 1925-39 and University of California, Berkeley 1939-58. Taylor published The Proverb (1931), its Index (1934) and Bibliography of Riddles (1939). Archer Taylor and Bartlett Jere Whiting published A Dictionary of American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases, 1820-1880 (1958). He wrote A History of Bibliographies of Bibliographies (1955) and General Subject-Indexes Since 1548 (1966). His library is at University of Georgia, except his ballad collection at University of California, Berkeley. More information at www.archertaylor.com.

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