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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 World Citizen


Professor Wolfgang Mieder and Modern Folklore in the United States

The Example of Proverbs. A Laudatio.

With great joy and pleasure I will speak today about the internationally acclaimed folklorist and paremiologist Wolfgang Mieder, professor in the Department of German and Russian at the University of Vermont, at Burlington, USA, and I will present to you in brief his personality and his rich work.1

Professor Mieder is coming from Germany. His parents lived in Leipzig, but because of the war left temporarily to the nearby town Nossen, where Wolfgang was born, on 17 February 1944. In 1960 he went to North America. He graduated from High School in 1962 and went for four years to Olivet College (1962–1966) in the center of Michigan. Then he received his M.A. from the University of Michigan (1967) and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University (1970).

In 1970 he was elected assistant professor at Murray State University in Kentucky, at age 26. In 1971 he was named assistant professor at the University of Vermont, in 1975 associate professor, and in 1978, at the age of 34 years old, as professor. Barbara Mieder is his wife and also valuable companion in his life.

In his long university career, based on his erudition and solid scientific foundation, he taught and still is teaching many subjects of his scientific field, such as: German Language and Culture, History of the German Language, German...

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