Moral Fictions

Moral Fictions

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Blackburn, Stuart
Moral Fictions. Tamil Folktales from Oral Tradition
Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
FF Communications 278
Vammala 2001, 338 pp.


Is fantasy the defining element in fairy tales? This question is the starting point for Stuart Blackburn\'s study of Tamil oral tales. Having collected over 300 tales, 100 of which are translated in this book, he concludes that although fantasy, and humour, are present, at the core of the tales lies a moral vision in which wrongdoing, especially physical cruelty, is punished. Only the second full-length study of Indian tales from oral tradition, this book places the Tamil tradition in an international context, describes the telling sessions and includes tellers\' interpretations of some tales.

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ISBN 951-41-0897-3
ISSN 0014-5815