➬ No Go the Bogeyman Read ➵ Author Marina Warner – Writerscompany.co.uk
A great look at the things that go bump, and the way these primal fears are dealt with in story, song, and rhyme There s a great section that deals almost entirely with the imagery of eating and stories of cannibalism From there, Warner discusses lullabies, their function for both mother and child, and the numerous reasons so many traditional lullabies seem to be non child friendly, to modern ears Then, on to tricksters and mocking in story and traditional celebrations Fascinating, and a ver A great look at the things that go bump, and the way these primal fears are dealt with in story, song, and rhyme There s a great section that deals almost entirely with the imagery of eating and stories of cannibalism From there, Warner discusses lullabies, their function for both mother and child, and the numerous reas Fascinating study into fear and the way it s handled throughout history, in myriad forms The first two sections scaring and lulling are a little stronger than the third, making mock, but the whole thing is nonetheless fascinating.Re read as a writing reference. Took me some time to finish this book Apparently while I love fairy tales and learning about them I have significantly less attachment to the monsters of storytelling There is a lot of good information in this book and I No Go the Bogeyman is a disquisition on the emotion of fear, from a point of view at the intersection of psychology with folklore and mythology I might almost have said it s psychoanalytic, but that would be misleading, since Warner is no fan of Freud she thinks his storytelling is much too limiting, too culturally blinkered She does find something of value in some later psychoanalytic writers, such as Lacan, but picks and chooses among their ideas Nonetheless, what else to call the practi No Go the Bogeyman is a disquisition on the emotion of fear, from a point of view at the intersection of psychology with folklore and So, hrm, slightlyorganized than From the Beast to the Blonde, but still mostly reads like I did some research on these sources, let s cram them all into a book somehow The section on fighting fear with humor, for example, was about Circe, giants, and bananas So, yeah. This is a re read but confirms how much I love this far reaching compendium of the many ways we scare and soothe ourselves through our stories, songs, and lore The section on lullabies alone is worth the read An exhausting study of the psychological background of the Boogie Man and other mythical entities I cannot understand how such interesting characters can be made to seem so dull No Go The Bogeyman Considers The Enduring Presence And Popularity Of Figures Of Male Terror, Establishing Their Origins In Mythology And Their Current Relation To Ideas About Sexuality And Power, Youth And Age Songs, Stories, Images, And Films About Frightening Monsters Have Always Been Invented To Allay The Very Terrors That Our Sleep Of Reason Conjures Up Warner Shows How These Images And Stories, While They May Unfold Along Different Lines Scaring, Lulling, Or Making Mock Have The Strategic Simultaneous Purpose Of Both Arousing And Controlling The Underlying Fear In Analysis Of Material Long Overlooked By Cultural Critics, Historians, And Even Psychologists, Warner Revises Our Understanding Of Storytelling In Our Contemporary Culture She Asks Us To Reconsider The Unintended Consequences Of Our Age Old, Outmoded Notions About Masculine Identity And About Racial Stereotyping, And Warns Us Of The Dangerous, Unthinking Ways We Perpetuate The Bogeyman. Why do we love being scared What purpose does the bogeyman serve in our societies This study of the bogeyman and other beasts who go bump in the night is fascinating, highly readable, and erudite. A compendium of the masculine archetypes of fear in culture Useful if you are looking for an understanding of stories and how they can play out.