What Goes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around
ed. Kimberly J. Lau, Peter Tokofsky, & Stephen Winick

6x9, 196 pages
Published: 2004

ISBN 978-0-87421-592-2
paper $24.95

ISBN 978-0-87421-512-0
e-book $16.95

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What Goes Around
Comes Around

The Circulation of Proverbs in Contemporary Life

ed. Kimberly J. Lau, Peter Tokofsky, & Stephen Winick

In this collection of essays, prominent folklorists look at varied modern uses and contexts of proverbs and proverbial speech, some traditional and conventional, others new and unexpected. After the editors' introduction discussing the history and status of attempts to define proverbs, describing their contemporary circulation, and acknowledging the especially important work of paremiologist Wolfgang Meider, the contributions examine the continuing pervasiveness and idiomatic relevance of proverbs in modern culture.

Kimberly J. Lau is assistant professor of English at the University of Utah and the author of New Age Capitalism:
Making Money East of Eden
. Folklorist Peter Tokofsky has published articles on a number of topics, notably on aspects of carnival. Stephen Winick is the director of the Delaware Valley Folklore Center and has written a dissertation and published other work on proverbs.