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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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Runaway Advertisements in the Canadian Maritimes


Abstract: Runaway advertisements are historical markers that underline how slaves attempted to assert humanity by fighting for their own freedom. This paper explores slaves who absconded from their owners in the Canadian Maritimes after the American Revolution. It highlights the manifold ways that slaves asserted themselves and attempted to become free.

In 1794, Bill attempted to escape from his owner Michael Wallace. A native of South Carolina, Bill lived in Nova Scotia for ten years before leaving his master. Wallace published a runaway slave advertisement that described Bill’s escape plan:

RAN Away, on Thursday evening, the 18th inst. A Negro Man Servant, the property of the Subscriber, named Belfast; but who commonly goes by the name of Bill. – At the time of [the] elopement he was in the service of William Forsyth, Esq.; and had meditated an attempt to get on board a ship that night which lay in the harbour, bound to Newfoundland; but was frustrated. It is probable, however, he may still endeavor to escape that way, therefore, the masters of all coasters going along shore, or other vessels bound to sea, are hereby forewarned from carrying him off at their peril, as they will be prosecuted, if discovered, with the utmost rigour of the law. The above reward will be paid to any person or persons who shall apprehend and secure him, so that I may recover him again. He is a likely, stout-made fellow, of five feet eight or nine...

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