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The boggart : folklore, history, place-names and dialect / Simon Young.

Author/creator Young, Simon (Historian) author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2022.
Copyright Notice ©2022
Descriptionxvii, 310 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series Exeter new approaches to legend, folklore and popular belief
Exeter new approaches to legend, folklore and popular belief. ^A1447088
Contents Part I. Situating the Boggart: 1. Boggart Definitions and Sources ; 2. Boggart Origins ; 3. Boggart Distribution -- Part II. Lived Boggart Folklore: 4. Boggart Landscapes ; 5. Boggart Beliefs and Transmission ; 6. Social Boggarts -- Part III. The Death and Rebirth of the Boggart: 7. Boggart Death ; 8. The New Boggart.
Abstract "The little-studied and once much-feared boggart is a supernatural being from the north of England. Against the odds it survives today, both in place-names and in fantasy literature-not least the Harry Potter universe. This book pioneers two methods for collecting boggart folklore: first, the use of hundreds of thousands of words on the boggart from newly digitized ephemera; second, about 1,100 contemporary boggart memories from social media surveys and personal interviews relating to the interwar and postwar years. Combining this new data with an interdisciplinary approach involving dialectology, folklore, Victorian history, supernatural history, oral history, place-name studies and sociology, it is possible to reconstruct boggart beliefs, experiences and tales. The boggart was not, as we have been led to believe, a 'goblin'. Rather, 'boggart' was a much more general term encompassing all solitary supernatural beings, from killer mermaids to headless phantoms, from black dogs to shape-changing ghouls. The author shows how in the same period that such beliefs were dying out, folklorists continually misrepresented the boggart, and explores how the modern fantasy boggart was born of these misrepresentations. As well as offering a fresh reading of associated traditions, The Boggart demonstrates some of the ways in which recent advances in digitization can offer rich rewards." --cover page [4].
General noteA free, open access companion volume, The Boggart Sourcebook : Texts and Memories for the Study of the British Supernatural, curated and edited by Simon Young is also available from University of Exeter Press,
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 247-299) and index.
Issued in other formebook version : 9781905816910
Genre/formFolk literature.
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