The Politics of Proverbs

Demonstrates how proverbs and to a lesser extent proverbial expressions, have played a significant role in political life during the 20th century.

Author: Chair Department of German and Russian Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299154548

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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Demonstrates how proverbs and to a lesser extent proverbial expressions, have played a significant role in political life during the 20th century. Takes as major examples the speeches and writings of Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, and Harry Truman to show how proverbs can be brought into the service of most any ideology. Also traces the use of proverbs and their cartoon analogues during the five decades of Cold War propaganda, and proverbial slurs against Native Americans and Asian Americans. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Proverbs Are The Best Policy

Discusses the origins and characteristics of American proverbs and examines the role of proverbial speech in American politics from the Revolutionary War to the present day.

Author: Chair Department of German and Russian Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000102053794

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 323

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Discusses the origins and characteristics of American proverbs and examines the role of proverbial speech in American politics from the Revolutionary War to the present day.

Behold the Proverbs of a People

The thirteen chapters of this book comprise an intriguing and informative entry into the world of proverb scholarship, illustrating that proverbs have always been and continue to be wisdom's international currency.

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781626743038

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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The thirteen chapters of this book comprise an intriguing and informative entry into the world of proverb scholarship, illustrating that proverbs have always been and continue to be wisdom's international currency. The first section of the book focuses on the field of paremiology (proverb studies) in general, the spread of Anglo-American proverbs in Europe, and the phenomenon of modern proverbs. The second section analyzes the use of proverbs in the world of politics, including a chapter on President Obama, while the third concentrates on the uses of proverbs in literature. The final section ends with detailed cultural studies of the origin, history, dissemination, use, function, and meaning of specific proverbs. Noted scholar Wolfgang Mieder shows that proverbs matter in culture, literature, and politics. Proverbs remain part and parcel of oral and written communication, and, he demonstrates, they deserve to be studied from a range of viewpoints. While various chapters deal with a variety of issues and approaches, they cohere through a rhetorical perspective that looks at the text, texture, and context of proverbs as speech acts that make a noteworthy impact on culture and society. Whether proverbs appear in everyday speech, on the radio, on television, in films, on the pages of newspapers or magazines, in advertisements, in literary works, or in political speeches, they serve as formulaic verbal devices to add authoritative weight through tradition, convention, and wisdom.

Proverbs

Defines and classifies proverbs, and explores their occurrence in oral tradition, literature, art, and popular culture.

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313326983

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Defines and classifies proverbs, and explores their occurrence in oral tradition, literature, art, and popular culture.

Proverbs Speak Louder Than Words

"This book presents a composite picture of the richness of proverbs as significant expressions of folk wisdom as is manifest from their appearance in art, culture, folklore, history, literature, and the mass media.

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 1433103788

Category: Social Science

Page: 357

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"This book presents a composite picture of the richness of proverbs as significant expressions of folk wisdom as is manifest from their appearance in art, culture, folklore, history, literature, and the mass media. The book draws attention to the fact that proverbs as metaphorical signs continue to play an important role in oral and written communication. Proverbs as so-called monumenta humana are omnipresent in all facets of life, and while they are neither sacrosanct nor saccharine, they usually offer much common sense or wisdom based on recurrent experiences and observations."--BOOK JACKET.

The Proverbial Abraham Lincoln

His effective employment of Biblical and folk proverbs, as well as proverbial phrases, makes him a masterful orator and writer."--BOOK JACKET.

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015042867864

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 209

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His effective employment of Biblical and folk proverbs, as well as proverbial phrases, makes him a masterful orator and writer."--BOOK JACKET.

Making a Way Out of No Way

In barely forty years of life Martin Luther King (1929-1968) distinguished himself as one of the greatest social reformers of modern times: civil rights leader, defender of nonviolence in the struggle of desegregation, champion of the poor, ...

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 1433113031

Category: History

Page: 551

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In barely forty years of life Martin Luther King (1929-1968) distinguished himself as one of the greatest social reformers of modern times: civil rights leader, defender of nonviolence in the struggle of desegregation, champion of the poor, anti-war proponent, and broad-minded visionary of an interrelated world of free people. His many verbal and written communications in the form of sermons, speeches, interviews, letters, essays, and several books are replete with Bible proverbs as «Love your enemies», «He who lives by the sword shall perish by the sword», and «Man does not live by bread alone» as well as folk proverbs as «Time and tide wait for no man», «Last hired, first fired», «No gain without pain», and «Making a way out of no way». He also delighted in citing quotations that have become proverbs, to wit «No man is an island», «All men are created equal», and «No lie can live forever». King recycles these bits of traditional wisdom in various contexts, varying his proverbial messages as he addresses the multifaceted issues of civil rights. His rhetorical prowess is thus informed to a considerable degree by his effective use of his repertoire of proverbs which he frequently uses as leitmotifs or amasses into set pieces of fixed phrases to be employed repeatedly.

Dictionary of Authentic American Proverbs

“Proverbs.” In American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, edited by Jan Harold Brunvand, 597–601. New York: Garland Publishing. ———. 1997. The Politics of Proverbs: From Traditional Wisdom to Proverbial Stereotypes.

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781800731325

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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Dictionary of Authentic American Proverbs offers a comprehensive reference guide for distinctly American proverbs. Compiled by Wolfgang Mieder, a key figure in the field of proverb studies, this compendium features nearly 1,500 proverbs with American origins, spanning the 17th century to present day, including a scholarly introduction exploring the history of proverbs in America, the structure and variants of these proverbs, known authors and sources, and cultural values expressed in these proverbs. Along with a comprehensive bibliography of proverb collections and interpretive scholarship, this dictionary offers a glimpse into the history of American social and cultural attitudes through uniquely American language.

The Proverbial Winston S Churchill

Indexes proverbs in Churchill's works, and provides references to standard proverb dictionaries for additional information.

Author: Winston Churchill

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015034419336

Category: History

Page: 434

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Indexes proverbs in Churchill's works, and provides references to standard proverb dictionaries for additional information.

Yes We Can

This book examines how Obama's natural and authentic reliance on traditional metaphors enhances his impressive rhetoric, rather than reducing it to mere sound bites.

Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105134459788

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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As President Barack Obama outlined his promise for change during the presidential campaign, he made effective use of proverbs and proverbial phrases, and invented many quotable epithets that have all the makings of future proverbs. This book examines how Obama's natural and authentic reliance on traditional metaphors enhances his impressive rhetoric, rather than reducing it to mere sound bites. Proverbs, with their often colorful metaphors, add expressiveness and emotion to his communications, giving people the opportunity to follow his pragmatic or philosophical arguments through common language. No matter the subject, Obama's prose contains metaphorical language that makes his rhetoric and oratory universally accessible. This book contains detailed analyses of the proverbial rhetoric in Obama's books Dreams from My Father (1995) and The Audacity of Hope (2006). A section looks at his proverbial language in 229 speeches, news conferences, interviews, and radio addresses, and the final section presents in-depth studies of his seven most significant addresses. It includes a comprehensive contextualized index of 1714 proverbial texts found within the writings and speeches from Obama's political beginnings to his memorable inaugural address.