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Engl 12A- C&I 2 - Prof. Krane: To Get Started


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To Get Started

"Nature & the Imagination" Summit Project

For this assignment, you need to select an animal or plant species and examine it from at least three cultural perspectives.  This guide should help you identify some of the resources you can use.

Start With:


Reference / General:

The Mythical Zoo:  an Encyclopedia of Animals in World Myth, Legend, and Literature

The Animal/Human Bond: a Cultural Survey

Animal Guides in Life, Myth and Dreams 

Zoological Mythology, or the Legends of Animals

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in Art

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
(Includes creation stories, but mostly biological and geographical)

The complete illustrated encyclopedia of symbols, signs & dream interpretation


Animals in American Culture:

American Wild Life in Symbol and Story

Perceptions of Animals in American Culture

Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Culture


Native American Mythology:

Turtle Island Alphabet: a Lexicon of Native American symbols and culture

Dictionary of Native American Mythology

Californian Indian nights entertainments; stories of the creation of the world, of man, of fire, of the sun, of thunder, etc.; of coyote, the land of the dead

The Grandfathers speak: Native American Folktales of the Lenape People


Around the World:

Birds and Beasts of Ancient Latin America

Animal, Myth, and Magic: Images from pre-Columbian Textiles

Animal Myths and Metaphors in South America

The mark of the beast: the medieval bestiary in art, life, and literature

Mythical trickster figures: contours, contexts, and criticisms


To find stories (folktales, myth, etc.): 

Folktales of the World (volumes on China, Japan, Chile, France, England, India, Norway, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Germany)

Tip:  If you go in the library stacks located on the lower level and look around the GR 100 call number section, you will find numerous folktales books from all around the world. 

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