|Isabel Cardigos with the collaboration of Paulo Correia and J. J. Dias Marques: Catalogue of Portuguese Folktales. Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia (Academia Scientiarum Fennica). 2006. 406 pp.
ISBN 951-41-0999-6 (hardback)
38 euros (hardback)
IN THE OLD AARNE/THOMPSON, Portugal was virtually non-existent, appearing in the bibliography of just three folktales. In 2003, the author of The Types of International Folktales (FFC 284–6) stretched his hand to the first manuscript of the Catalogue of Portuguese Folktales and included them in 700 types of his own manuscript. The Catalogue of Portuguese Folktales is now the first regional index that takes into account the classifications of the new “ATU”. But it displays its difference by electing its own affinities with old “AaTh” numbers, with regional catalogues, or even by offering new numbers. We can see a new face of the European folktale emerging, with a strong Mediterranean flavour.
ISABEL CARDIGOS taught Oral and Medieval Literature at the University of the Algarve, after her PhD in King’s College London, with a dissertation later published in the FF Communications (In and out of Enchantment: Blood Symbolism and Gender in Portuguese Fairytales, FFC 260). She directs a centre (CEAO) where the archive of Portuguese folktales has been developed. She is the editor of the yearly journal Estudos de Literatura Oral (ELO).