The Penguin Book of Mermaids


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Dive into centuries of mermaid lore with this captivating volume that brings together tales of mermaids from around the world.

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Cristina Bacchilega is a professor and the graduate program director in the Department of English at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her published works include Postmodern Fairy Tales- Gender and Narrative Strategies, Legendary Hawai'i and the Politics of Place- Tradition, Translation, and Tourism, and Fairy Tales Transformed? Twenty-First-Century Adaptations and the Politics of Wonder.


Superb: the first substantial anthology of mermaid stories. Nobody knows what mermaids are, but there is great enjoyment in reading tales that make us believe in them. They are alluring, demonic, vengeful, innocent, hypnotic, enchanting, and divine, and you can find all of them and more in The Penguin Book of Mermaids -- Jack Zipes
Notable for its wide scope, both in terms of region and time period ... We still crave supernatural creatures. The Penguin Book of Mermaids definitely satisfies that craving, drawing us into their narrative depths with alluring promises * Los Angeles Review of Books *
Accessible yet rigorous, passionately diverse, and thoroughly spellbinding . . . Many-voiced, irresistible, and essential . . . [with] insightful story notes, generous attributions, and tantalizing bibliography. The desires and dangers of the shape-changing sea have rarely been so intelligently and inclusively showcased * Publishers Weekly *
Tapping into the seductive sorcery of mermaid lore, The Penguin Book of Mermaids reminds us why these aquatic beings-who awaken both dread and desire-continue to attract our attention -- Maria Tatar, Harvard University

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