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Living by the Golden Rule: Mentor – Scholar – World Citizen

A Festschrift for Wolfgang Mieder’s 75th Birthday

Edited By Andreas Nolte and Dennis Mahoney

This Festschrift for Wolfgang Mieder, preeminent paremiologist and folklorist, combines personal tributes and scholarly papers by colleagues, friends, and former students – presented in three categories that address his roles as a mentor, scholar, and world citizen over many decades.

The central scholarly section likewise consists of three parts. The papers dealing with proverbs examine them as patterns, stereotypes, rhetorical devices, media for self-enchantment, and means of allusion in works by Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Chukovskaya, and Kempowski. A second group deals with fairy-tale motifs in literary works by Lehmann, Rabinowich, and Hummel. A third section includes topics ranging from James Bond to Stephen King, from runaway slaves to the Holocaust, and literature as cultural ecology.

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Wolfgang Mieder as Mentor


Wolfgang is a Friend

Wolfgang hired me. That is an honor for many reasons, including the one that Wolfgang himself reminds listeners: that Harry Kahn hired him and that he will always love Harry. Wolfgang made me feel at home at the department and that is huge! Wolfgang is still available to consult with, on any work-related issue. His advice and his experience are tremendously valuable. He helps me understand work-related situations when they look gray and not very clear. Once again, his wisdom (which he is happy to share) is priceless!

Wolfgang is a friend, and it is simply fun to stop by his office and to see him anywhere and chat and joke with him. I am not sure how to detail the love I have for him in a way that will justify a longer read than the half a dozen lines above. It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Wolfgang and to be his friend. I will continue to treasure the moments of having him around.

Best wishes,

Gideon Bavly


Cheering Wolfgang, the Colleague, Mentor, Teacher, and Friend

Even an optimist like Wolfgang would have a hard time claiming the last years have been good years for this country and for the humanities. But thankfully, someone who has made teaching and research his life passion does not need the applause of our somewhat worrisome present...

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