The Pied Piper: A Handbook

The Pied Piper: A Handbook

by Wolfgang Mieder

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Overview

Few figures are as famous, mysterious, and influential as the Pied Piper, the notorious catcher of rats and children. With his magical music he was able to bewitch anyone and anything to follow him blindly, and he continues to influence the contemporary imagination. This book overviews the history of the Pied Piper legend and its lasting significance. Included are excerpts from numerous texts, along with examples of the Pied Piper in art, children's books, political cartoons, and popular culture. The volume also reviews scholarship on the Pied Piper and lists print and electronic resources. The most thorough work of its kind, this book is essential for high school students and general readers.

Rats! They fought the dogs and killed the cats, says Robert Browning in his beloved poem, The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Few figures are as famous, enigmatic, and influential as the Pied Piper, the notorious catcher of rats and children, whose magical music could enchant anyone and anything to follow him to destruction. Written for high school students and general readers, this book surveys the origin and history of the Pied Piper legend and discusses its significance in literature, art, film, popular culture, and political criticism.

The volume begins by examining the origins of the Pied Piper legend in 13th-century Germany and the transmission of the folktale across the centuries. It then provides numerous examples of the Pied Piper legend, along with a generous selection of texts. The book surveys scholarship on the Pied Piper and discusses the presence of the the figure in contemporary culture around the world, often as a metaphor for political leaders who blindly lead their followers in times of war. An extensive bibliography concludes the volume. A large selection of illustrations demonstrates the pervasive influence of the Pied Piper across cultures. Students will value this book for its illumination of different cultural traditions and its relation of modern film, art, and everyday life to the Pied Piper.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313334641
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2006
Series: Greenwood Folklore Handbooks Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 631,553
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Wolfgang Mieder is Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Vermont. His numerous books include Proverbs: A Handbook (Greenwood, 2004).

Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
Definition and Classification     1
"The Pied Piper" as Folktale     2
Origin of "The Pied Piper"     5
History and Dissemination     13
Significance and Survival     19
The Phrase "To Pay the Piper"     24
The Pied Piper as Ambivalent Symbol     27
Examples and Texts     31
Early Variants of "The Pied Piper"     32
"The Pied Piper" and the Brothers Grimm     38
Later Variants of the Folktale     40
The English "Pied Piper" Tradition     46
"Pied Piper" Folk Songs     60
Scholarship and Approaches     65
Comprehensive Studies     65
Historical Analyses     71
Folkloristic Investigations     74
Literary Reconsiderations     77
Contexts     81
Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"     82
"Pied Piper" Poems     101
Prose, Drama, Music, and Film Adaptations     114
Caricatures, Cartoons, and Comic Strips     124
Art, Cards, Stamps, and Puzzles     132
The Pied Piper in Advertisements     141
"Pied Piper" Book Titles and Headlines     146
The Folklorism of Hamelin     152
Glossary     163
Bibliography     165
Publications on "The Pied Piper"     165
General Folktale Scholarship     172
Additional Illustrative Materials     175
Web Resources     179
Index     181

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