Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Journals Week: Fabula

Fabula: Journal of Folktale Studies is somewhat less accessible for the armchair enthusiast and student when compared to Marvels & Tales because it publishes articles in several languages: German, English, and French. I read English and can read French pretty well, but my German is almost nonexistent (ironic considering my very German name, I know).

However, this is my second favorite journal for fairy tale specific studies after Marvels & Tales, thanks to content that focuses on the folklore of European and European influenced countries, my primary focus of study. They also on occasion have special issues, such as Dec 2008: Volume 49, Number 3-4, which was devoted to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Aims & Scope:

Fabula is a medium of discussion for issues of all kinds which are of interest to international folk narrative research. The journal contains eight divisions: Articles, Minor Contributions, Research Reports and Conference Reports, News, Projects and Queries, Reviews, Bibliographical Notes, and Books Received. Principal themes of the article section are the study of popular narrative traditions in their various forms (fairy tales, legends, jokes and anecdotes, exempla, fables, ballads, etc.), the interrelationship between oral and literary traditions as well as the contemporary genres. Interest focuses on Europe and overseas countries which are influenced by European civilization, but still, there is quite a number of contributions from other culture areas.

Founded by Kurt Ranke and first published in 1958, this journal has been around for several years and has printed several wonderful articles. The positive is that issues are available online for perusing. The negative is that they don't come free and are cost prohibitive to many students and armchair enthusiasts. You can access the articles online as PDFs for 24 hours for $40 each. Makes the annual subscription of about $250 for two issues sound like a bargain. (That price is approximate to the Euro conversion and the rates offered through Amazon subscriptions as of the writing of this post.)

Here is a list of the volumes with links to their tables of contents from Reference Global. So these are usually out of necessity limited to those with free access through academic institutions, something I myself don't have at this time. To help in research (or to torture those of us without further access) the site also has abstracts for the articles, available in all three languages regardless of the article's language.

The journal is also abstracted and indexed in Academic OneFile (Gale/Cengage Learning); Arts and Humanities Citation Index; and Current Contents / Arts and Humanities.

I myself wish I had the full Snow White issue as well as some articles from other volumes...

Reminder: Please read Call for Contributions: Graduate Programs Information and send me an email if you have a contribution.

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