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Folklore of Nova Scotia

by (author) Mary L. Fraser

introduction by Ian Brodie

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Jan 1975
General, Folklore & Mythology, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1975
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Mary Fraser was a pioneer in researching and recording the folklore of Cape Breton and eastern Nova Scotia, and this book is an invaluable source for the legends of rural Nova Scotians. Scottish, Acadian and Mi'qmaq traditions are all included.

Writes Ian Brodie in the introduction: "Folklore of Nova Scotia is a flawed, wonderful book -- or a wonderfully flawed book. As I read, I alternate between exasperation and delight: exasperation from its romanticism, delight from its embrace of the contemporary; exasperation from its prejudices, delight from its efforts at multiculturalism ... It is a documentary snapshot of a part of Nova Scotia's cultural history that was changing before the author's eyes."

About the authors

MARY L. FRASER grew up in Harbour Centre, Antigonish County. She
received degrees from Francis Xavier University and Fordham University in
New York City.

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Ian Brodie was class valedictorian and graduated in 1996 with Honours in Religious Studies. After earning an MA in Religious Studies at Memorial University, he turned his attention to folklore. Since 2005, he has taught Folklore in the Department of Heritage and Culture at Cape Breton University. His doctoral dissertation is a folkloristic study of stand-up comedy.

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