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Traditional Literature


Main types: See genre descriptions.


  • Fables
  • Fairy Tales
  • Folktales
  • Legends
  • Myths
  • Tall Tales
  • Epics
  • Nursery Rhymes 




  1. Short plots
  2. Details omitted (sparse language)
  3. Action concentrated
  4. One-dimensional "flat" characters - good or evil
  5. Good versus evil
  6. Stock beginnings ("Once upon a time") and endings ("and they lived happily ever after.")
  7. Theme = a moral or a lesson


Dr. M. does not agree with your textbook. Settings DO matter in traditional literature. The setting is an important aspect of the cultural information embedded in these stories.



See: http://pbskids.org/lions/stories/


Readers' Advisory from Graduate Student Bibliographies: LS5633: The Art of Storytelling





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