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No Go The Bogeyman Scaring Lulling and Making MockFascinating study into fear and the way it s HANDLED THROUGHOUT HISTORY IN MYRIAD FORMS THE FIRST TWO throughout history in myriad forms The first two scaring and lulling are a little stronger than the third making mock but the whole thing is nonetheless fascinatingRe read as a writing reference Took me some time to finish this book Apparently while I love fairy tales and learning about them I have significantly less attachment to the monsters of storytelling There is a lot of good information in this book and I articularly liked the making mock section Warners thoughts on fear and the varied human reactions to it were thought A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 provoking I learned a great deal and am glad I read it No Go the Bogeyman is a disuisition on the emotion of fear from aoint of view at the intersection of Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors psychology with folklore and mythology I might almost have said it ssychoanalytic BUT THAT WOULD BE MISLEADING SINCE WARNER IS NO that would be misleading since Warner is no of Freud she thinks his storytelling is much too limiting too culturally blinkered She does find something of value in some later Hexe psychoanalytic writers such as Lacan buticks and chooses among their ideas Nonetheless what else to call the Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians practice of disinterring the hidden themes of stories finding in them concerns with food and death conflict betweenarents and children etc This The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov practice mayredate Freud but not by much What I find distinctive about Warner S Approach Is s approach is concern with the cultural setting of stories which does vary over time I haven t read many other books of this sort which so clearly recognize that although some Religion in the Ancient Greek City psychological needs are universal a lot depends on both thehysical conditions of life and the culture which has developed over time She is certainly very interested in the manifestations of her themes in the The Polemical Works of Al Al- Abar present day it is appropriate that she spends a lot of time talking about other times andlaces to show by contrast how things we might take for granted in fact are recent developmentsWarner s A Companion to Vittoria Colonna psychological approach also dictates that she discusses authored and anonymous texts high low and oral art forms all together Again she does not neglect to consider the social conditions under which her sources wereroduced when interpreting them Since she does not want to neglect the experiences of that very large section of humanity whose words didn t get into rint until very recently folk. No Go the Bogeyman considers the enduring resence and La Partera: Story of a Midwife popularity of figures of male terror establishing their origins in mythology and their current relation to ideas about sexuality andower youth and age Songs stories images and films about frightening monsters have always been invented to allay the very terror. ,
Lore lullabys and other literature rovide valuable sources though not always easy to interpretNonetheless I found this a frustrating book Its subject matter is sprawling and although Warner tries her best to tie it all together for instance the last two chapters about the relationship of racism and jokes make reference to cannibalism and eating subjects that recur throughout the book they would otherwise seem out of lace than they do the end result doesn t entirely cohere The work is full of analyses and speckled with fine insights but it s hard to say what the overall argument would be Another rather minor flaw is that Warner unfortunately betrays her utter ignorance of biology and natural history whenever her discussion touches on them An interesting look at monsters in a sort of social sychology them An interesting look at monsters in a sort of social This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life psychology It includes a lot of history and is interesting despite reading a bit like a text book A non fiction book written by a fiction writer makes for a good read 35 stars in actuality but I d rather veer on the 4 than the 3 because there is good stuff here just you have to trawl through a lot to uncover itDivided into 3arts bogeyman lulling and making mock the book studies the cultural history of monstersbogeymen based around our infantileprimitive fears round food both hunger and the fear of being devouredconsumed in the form of gross giants or cannibals Then sections 2 3 look at how we defang these fears through lull aby and taking the Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 27 piss out of it I thought the Lull section was the most interestingrobably as Warner herself says because it is the least studied of the 3 so rovided fresh insights The bogeyman I found unfocused and overwhelmed by its research I couldn t as so often with these type of books bringing in some many different styles of cultural artefact evidence really ick out the argument other than a repetition of the themes of giants cannibalism and ogres Section 3 also seemed uite narrow and yet diffuse at the same time with a whole chapter on the humble banana s role in humour and subversion only undercut in times of actual shortage of the foodstuff all of which I felt was both obvious could have been said in a Networking for Career Success: 24 Lessons for Getting to Know the Right People paragraph not a whole chapter and somewhat stretching theoint of mock And yet within this section was also a valuable slant into the difference between laughi. S that our sleep of reason conjures up Warner shows how these images and stories while they may unfold along different lines scaring lulling or making mock have the strategic simultaneous urpose of both arousing and controlling the underlying fear In analysis of material long overlooked by cultural critics histori.

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Ng at someone and laughing with THEM WHEN WARNER POINTS OUT THAT when Warner oints out that fear and Zheng Guogu persecutearodists and satirists when the audience are laughing with the comics rather than comedy that just icks on unfortunate eople who the audience laughs at as other or victim or outsider A mixed bag but if you re dedicated there are some useful ideas revealed here So hrm slightly organized than From the Beast to the Blonde but still mostly reads like I did some research on these sources let s cram them all into a book somehow The section on fighting fear with humor for example was about Circe The section on fighting fear with humor for example was about Circe and bananas So yeah This is a reread but confirms how much I love this far reaching compendium of the many ways we scare and soothe ourselves through our stories songs and lore The section on lullabies alone i A great look at THE THINGS THAT GO BUMP AND THE WAY THESE things that go bump and the way these fears are dealt with in story song and rhyme There s a great section that deals almost entirely with the imagery of eating and stories of cannibalism From there Warner discusses lullabies their function for both mother and child and the numerous reasons so many traditional lullabies seem to be non child friendly to modern ears Then on to tricksters and mocking in story and traditional celebrations Fascinating and a very readable scholarly book Also there are bananas Ugh I really worked hard on this book I chose to read it because it was supposed to explore within mythology and storytelling our age old outmoded notions about masculine identity and about racial stereotyping and warns us of the dangerous unthinking ways we Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums perpetuate the bogeymanDoes it I don t know I read at least 250ages that boiled down to one idea Cannibalism finds its way into mythology folklore folk traditions and art Ok but why 250 Forbidden Knowledge pages just to say that over and over again I got it the first time One reviewer nailed theroblem I think It s as though the author found so many examples that she couldn t help but stuff them all into the book It became mind numbingThis book also has whole Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms paragraphs without a topic sentence and chapters that just don t add anything to the main thesis And racism and masculinity I didn t see those discussions anywhereAnyway I do give it two stars as a hard core enthusiast may slog their way through it but I can t recommend it otherwise. Ans and evensychologists Warner revises our understanding of storytelling in our contemporary culture She asks us to reconsider the unintended conseuences of our age old outmoded notions about masculine identity and about racial stereotyping and warns us of the dangerous unthinking ways we erpetuate the bogeyman. ,