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Burning Brightly: New Light on Old Tales Told Today Edition Unstated Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1551111674
ISBN-10: 1551111675
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"This is a lively, well balanced and insightful book. Boldly combining the perspective of an "inquisitive folklorist," the voice of a purposeful storyteller, and the fire of the "curious girl" of many a wondertale, Kay Stone's book is a bright light guiding us down the contemporary Canadian and American river of stories. Readers of fairytale, teachers, storytellers, folklorists, librarians, and students of oral narratives and performance can all benefit from Stone's careful and unpretentious analysis as well as the stories she lovingly presents." - Christina Cacchilega, University of Hawaii-Manoa "scholarly yet accessible" --The Globe and Mail "Stone is uniquely qualified to write a study of the history, development, current status, and future trends of the storytelling movement. Readers...will want to add this important book to their bookshelves." -The Story Bag

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Burning Brightly is the first full-length book treatment of professional storytelling in North America today. For some years there has been a major storytelling revival throughout the continent, with hundreds of local groups and centres springing up, and with storytelling becoming an important part of the professional training for librarians. In the book, Stone explores storytelling through storytellers themselves, while providing enlightening commentary from her own background as a storyteller. Included in her analysis are informative discussions of organized storytelling communities, individual tellers, and tales. Issues such as the modern recontextualization of old tales and the role of women in folktales are linked to individual storytelling accounts. Texts of eight storyies that exemplify the approaches of the various storytellers are also included. Burning Brightly will be compelling reading for storytellers--and for everyone who loves storytelling.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Broadview Press; Edition Unstated edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551111675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551111674
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,808,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
In Burning Brightly: New light on old tales told today, Kay Stone tracks the revival of oral storytelling in Canada. Since the dawn of human history storytellers have entertained, educated and inspired members of their communities, but in the age of books and television their art almost died out, relegated to story hours for children. Early chapters of Burning Brightly explore the many adult storytelling communities which have arisen in cities and rural areas over the last twenty years, including four streams: "traditional", library/educational, theatrical, and spiritual/therapeutic. The book shows how these communities fulfill the human need for meaning and connection. Traditional tales, including many from the Grimm collections, retain their relevance in today's world. Stone explores the reasons tellers choose these old tales and the ways they rework them. In the second half of her book, Kay Stone explores in depth the life stories, thoughts and repertoires of eight contemporary tellers, including herself. Texts of their stories are included. Her own tale, that of a curious girl who meets a dangerous crone and finds her own storytelling voice, acts as a metaphor for the revival of oral storytelling as a performance art. Kay Stone offers rare insights based on her dual career as a popular Winnipeg storyteller and an internationally recognized folklorist. Her book shows the depth and breadth of today's storytelling as does no other book I have seen, and is a valuable resource for storytellers, folklorists and anyone interested in oral tradition and community building.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Hamilton on August 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book has given me much to think about and provided much comfort. The "much to think about" comes from Part One where Stone looked at storytelling communities. Her analysis of them helped me see more clearly what's here in Kentucky and how those communities function as well as what might be missing and how those could come about and could function. Part Two provided "much comfort." Here Stone looked at individual tellers as they talked about the development of the telling of a specific tale. She also included a transcript of the tale as the teller told it to her. This was fascinating since I love telling fairy and folk tales (wondertales, Stone calls them) and am not that interested in creating parodies or spicing them up in ways that call attention to the teller's cleverness instead of to the story. To read about how storytellers have worked on the telling of a story and about how the story has worked on the teller was like looking in a mirror at my ways of working and seeing that I truly am not alone. Although my comments touch on only a fraction of the subject matter in Kay Stone's book, those two aspects are what burns brightest for me now. To read it was a fine and wonderful experience with thoughts and images "burning brightly" to illuminate my path. Thank you, Kay Stone.
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