Bear tales: ways of seeing polar bears in mythology, traditional folktales and modern day children's literature

Henderson, L. (2020) Bear tales: ways of seeing polar bears in mythology, traditional folktales and modern day children's literature. In: Brugué, L. and Llompart, A. (eds.) Contemporary Fairy-Tale Magic: Subverting Gender and Genre. Series: At the interface/probing the boundaries (129). Brill: Leiden, pp. 250-261. ISBN 9789004418981 (doi:10.1163/9789004418998_025)

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Abstract

The Polar Bear has been an important character in the mythology and traditional folk- tales of numerous Arctic and sub-Arctic peoples. It is among the most recognizable charismatic megafauna in the world and arguably the most iconic symbol of the far north. Increasingly, the polar bear has also come to represent the effects of anthropogenic climate change and global warming. The focus of this study is upon the var- ious intercultural ‘ways of seeing’ the polar bear, from northern folklore to modern- day children’s literature, in order to assess the main themes, archetypes and character functions that have emerged over time. A sample of 71 fiction and non-fiction books about polar bears, published between 1982 and 2019, and aimed at early learner children of about 7 or 8 years of age, have been examined.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Polar bear, Inuit mythology, folktale, children’s literature, environmental communication, human-animal studies.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Henderson, Dr Lizanne
Authors: Henderson, L.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D880 Developing Countries
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1001 Canada (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QL Zoology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:9789004418981

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