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 iants and bananas So yeah No Go the Bogeyman is a disuisition on the emotion of fear from a point of view at the intersection of psychology with folklore and mythology I might almost have said it s psychoanalytic but that would be misleading since Warner is no fan of Freud she thinks his storytelling is much too limiting too culturally blinkered She does find something of value in some later psychoanalytic writers such as Lacan but picks and chooses among their ideas Nonetheless what else
TO CALL THE PRACTICE OF DISINTERRINGcall the practice of disinterring hidden themes of stories finding in them concerns with food and death conflict between parents and children etc This practice may predate Freud but not by much What I find distinctive about Warner s approach is her 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 psychological needs are universal a lot depends on both the physical conditions of life and the culture which has developed over time She is certainly very interested in the manifestations of her themes in the present day it is appropriate that she spends a lot of time talking about other times and places to show by contrast how things we might take for ranted in fact are recent developmentsWarner s 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 were produced when interpreting them Since she does not want to neglect the experiences of
that very large section of humanity whose words didn t et into printvery large section of humanity whose words didn t et into print very recently folklore lullabys and other oral literature provide 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 No Go the Bogeyman considers the enduring presence and popularity of figures of male terror establishing their origins in mythology and their current relation to ideas about sexuality and power youth and age Songs stories images and films about frightening monsters have always been invented to allay the very terror. G and making mock the book studies the cultural history of monstersbogeymen based around our
Infantileprimitive Fears Round Food Bothfears round food both and the fear of being devouredconsumed in the form of ross iants or cannibals Then sections 2 3 look at how we defang these fears through lull aby and taking the piss out of it I thought the Lull section was the most interesting probably as Warner herself says because it is the least studied of the 3 so provided fresh insights The bogeyman I found unfocused and overwhelmed by its research I couldn t as so often
WITH THESE TYPE OF BOOKS BRINGINGthese type of books bringing some many different styles of cultural artefact evidence really pick out the argument other than a repetition of the themes of iants cannibalism and ogres Section 3 also seemed uite narrow and yet diffuse at
the same time with a whole chapter onsame time with a whole chapter on 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 paragraph not a whole chapter and somewhat stretching the point of mock And yet within this section was also a valuable slant into the difference between laughing at someone and laughing with them when Warner points out that authorities fear and persecute parodists and satirists when the audience are laughing with the comics rather than comedy that just picks on unfortunate people 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 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 ood information in this book and I particularly liked the making mock section Warners thoughts on fear and the varied human reactions to it were thought provoking I learned a reat deal and am lad I read it 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 is worth the read An interesting look at monsters in a sort of social psychology context It includes a lot of history and is interesting despite reading a bit like a text book. Ans and even psychologists 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 perpetuate the bogeyman.
Marina Warner Í 2 Read & downloadAting subjects that recur throughout the book "they would otherwise seem out of place than they do the end result doesn t entirely cohere "would otherwise seem out of place than they do the end result doesn t entirely cohere work is full of analyses and speckled with fine insights but it s
Hard To Say What The Overall Argument Would Be Anotherto say what the overall argument would be Another minor flaw is that Warner unfortunately betrays her utter ignorance of biology and natural history whenever her discussion touches on them A reat look at the things that o bump and the way these primal fears are dealt with in story song
and rhyme There s a reat section that deals almost entirely with therhyme There s a Moonrise (Snowfall, great section that deals almost entirely with the 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 A non fiction book written by a fiction writer makes for aood read Fascinating study into fear and the way it s handled throughout history in myriad forms The first two sections scaring and lulling are a little stronger than the third making mock but the whole thing is nonetheless fascinatingRe read as a writing reference 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 perpetuate the bogeymanDoes it I don t know I read at least 250 pages that boiled down to one idea Cannibalism finds its way into mythology folklore folk traditions and art Ok but why 250 pages just to say that over and over again I ot it the first time One reviewer nailed the problem 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 paragraphs without a topic sentence and chapters that just don t add anything to the main thesis And racism and masculinity I didn t 35 stars in actuality but I d rather veer on the 4 than the 3 because there is ood stuff here just you have to trawl through a lot to uncover itDivided into 3 parts bogeyman lullin. 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 purpose of both arousing and controlling the underlying fear In analysis of material long overlooked by cultural critics histori.