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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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“Guest Lectures”


“Little Marlene put her brother’s bones under the juniper tree, and suddenly felt much better and stopped crying. The juniper tree began stirring. Its branches parted and came back together as though it were clapping its hands for joy. A mist arose from the tree, and from it a beautiful bird emerged and began singing gloriously. It soared up in the air, then vanished. Little Marlene was as happy and relieved as if her brother were still alive.”

Brothers Grimm, “The Juniper Tree”

“The traditional fairy tales represent utopian steps towards a better life in which love, faith, and hope rule supreme… . Drawing at least in part on the universal knowledge about humankind expressed in fairy tales, we might just be able to continue our search towards a utopian world.”

Wolfgang Mieder

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