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Strange Terrain

By Barbara Rieti
Categories: Folklore, Cultural Studies, Newfoundland And Labrador Studies
Paperback : 9780919666719, 288 pages, December 1990
Paperback : 9781894725804, 376 pages, June 2021
Expected to ship: 2021-06-30

Table of contents

Foreword by Diane Tye
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
A Note on the Documentation and Transcription of Sources

1 Always Going and Never Gone?
2 Fairy Forms and Narrative Contexts: An Overview
3 Bread, Wind, Old Paths: The Texture and Planes of Everyday Life in Fairy Narrative
4 Tradition and the Interpretation of Experience
5 Fairies, Devils, and Other Impostors in Bishop's Cove: Tales of a Trickster
6 UFOs: Urban Fairy Oddities, and Some Modern Influences on the Genesis and Evolution of Fairy Tradition
7 Fairy Tradition as Discourse on Time and Change
8 Conclusion
Informant Index

Thirty years after its original publication, a special anniversary edition of Barbara Rieti's iconic work Strange Terrain: The Fairy World in Newfoundland.


Thirty years after its original publication, the award winning Strange Terrain will be reissued as a second edition. "The fairies" of Newfoundland oral tradition are variously envisioned, encountered and interpreted, and this study presents some of these concepts and experiences. Dr. Rieti describes the specific contexts in which fairy experiences are recounted and the manner in which they are told, keeping the narrators at center stage. She also seeks their meaning in cultural themes such as the human relationship with nature, and relationships between people. Comparative material sets the subject in historical and international perspective and demonstrates the remarkable tenacity of these very old yet modern tales.