Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life

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Jack Santino
Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1994 - 280 páginas
Why do we celebrate Halloween? No one gets the day off, and unlike all other major holidays it has no religious or governmental affiliation. A survivor of our pre-Christian, agrarian roots, it has become one of the most popular and widely celebrated festivals on the contemporary American calendar.
Jack Santino has put together the first collection of essays to examine the evolution of Halloween from its Celtic origins through its adaptation into modern culture. Using a wide variety of perspectives and approaches, the thirteen essayists examine customs, communities, and material culture to reveal how Halloween has manifested itself throughout all aspects of our society to become not just a marginal survivor of a dying tradition but a thriving, contemporary, post-industrial festival. Its steadily increasing popularity, despite overcommercialization and criticism, is attributed to its powerful symbolism that employs both pre-Christian images and concepts from popular culture to appeal to groups of all ages, orientations, and backgrounds. However, the essays in this volume also suggest that there is something ironic and unsettling about the immense popularity of a holiday whose main images are of death, evil, and the grotesque.
Halloween and other Festivals of Death and Life is a unique contribution that questions our concepts of religiosity and spirituality while contributing to our understanding of Halloween as a rich and diverse reflection of our society's past, present, and future identity.
The Editor: Jack Santino is an associate professor in the department of popular culture at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
 

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Edited volume of academic articles touching on Hallowe'en; article quality varies, but skews toward better quality. Provides tantalizing notes about history of the holiday (e.g., lack of historical ... Ler resenha completa

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Acculturation in Some
3
New Halloween Traditions in Response to Sadism
24
Just a Little Inconvenience
45
Bonfire Night in Brigus Newfoundland
62
PreTexts and Contexts
82
Carnival Control and Corporate Culture in Contemporary
105
The TexMex Tradition
133
Night of All Souls
138
Adult Halloween Celebrations on the Canadian Prairie
152
Vermonts Unwritten Law
170
Designing the Greenwich Village Halloween
187
Halloween Imagery in Two Southern Settings
247
Selected Bibliography
267
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The Editor: Jack Santino is an associate professor in the department of popular culture at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

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