Wisdom in Art, Culture, Folklore, History, Literature and Mass Media
During my many years of scholarly work as an international paremiologist, I have had several opportunities to assemble a number of my independently published articles into cohesive essay volumes dealing with the multifaceted aspects of the rich world of proverbs. Several German volumes of this type have appeared, and there are also three books containing studies written in English, namely The Politics of Proverbs: From Traditional Wisdom to Proverbial Stereotypes (1997), Strategies of Wisdom: Anglo-American and German Proverb Studies (2000), and Proverbs Are the Best Policy: Folk Wisdom and American Politics (2005). It has been my good fortune that these essay volumes were well received by the scholarly community, and it is thus with much pleasure and excitement that I offer this book with ten detailed studies to readers everywhere interested in the nature and significance of folk proverbs. Its main title “Proverbs Speak Louder Than Words” is obviously a variation of the English proverb “Actions speak louder than word,” and it is intended to draw attention to the fact that proverbs as metaphorical signs continue to play an important role in oral and written communication. The somewhat awkward subtitle Folk Wisdom in Art, Culture, Folklore, History, Literature, and Mass Media serves as an enumerative reminder that proverbs are indeed ubiquitous and that they are best studied and understood from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. Proverbs as so-called linguistic and cultural “monumenta humana” Introduction Mieder-Intro.indd 1 6/2/2008 4:01:17 PM 2 | “PROVERBS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS” are omnipresent in...
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