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Author Gregory, Rick S., author.

Title The Bell witch in myth and memory : from local legend to international folktale / Rick Gregory
Edition First edition
Published Knoxville : The University of Tennessee Press, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 146 pages) : illustrations
Contents The power of a story -- The legend -- Oral transmission -- Survival and growth, 1820-1894 -- The power of the printed word -- Academics, folklorists, and other entities fall under the spell -- The Bell witch live -- Pop culture queen -- Experience the bell witch and come to Adams
Summary "While dozens of books and articles have rehearsed the chilling lore surrounding the "infamous Bell Witch of Tennessee," Rick Gregory takes a different approach. He illuminates the oral traditions that preserved and disseminated the tale; discusses the major factors in its regional, national, and international spread; analyzes how the legend mirrors other national and international stories with similar themes; and finally describes its modern circulation through the World Wide Web and other technologies. In exploring the Bell Witch story in this manner, Gregory sheds light not only on the folklore of Tennessee with its strong tradition of oral history but also provides insight into the persistent, global phenomenon of folklore itself"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 11, 2023)
Subject Bell family -- Miscellanea
SUBJECT Bell family fast
Subject Poltergeists -- Tennessee -- Robertson County
Folklore -- Tennessee -- Robertson County
Tennessee -- Robertson County
Genre/Form Electronic books
Trivia and miscellanea
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2023022313
ISBN 9781621908388