Handbook of American Folklore

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Richard Mercer Dorson
Indiana University Press, 1986 - 584 Seiten

This book is a landmark in folklore studies in the United States. It is a virtual cornucopia of riches, and features the work of sixty scholars and practitioners, representing a multitude of approaches to the discipline.

 

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TOPICS OF RESEARCH
1
Indian FolkloreGeorge Lankford
18
AfroAmerican Folk MusicRonald R Smith
24
The Westward MovementThomas D Clark
32
Studying Immigrant and Ethnic Folklore
39
The Legacy of Early AfroAmerican Folklore
48
American Cultural Myths
57
Rags to RichesRobert H Walker
67
METHODS OF RESEARCH
359
ObjectivesHenry Glassie
376
Carl Fleischhauer
384
Using a Folklore ArchiveJanet Langlois
391
Using Video in the FieldRichard Blaustein
397
Studying American Folklore in Printed Sources
411
Studying Folklore and American Literature
422
Sound Recordings Use and ChallengeArchie Green
434

Fables of InnocenceDavid W Marcell
73
The Myth of the American AdamGiles Gunn
79
American Settings
86
A Familys RepertoireLeonard Roberts
100
Office FolkloreAlan Dundes
115
Institution Event Performance
136
American Entertainments
237
Folklore on the American StageRobert C Toll
247
American Sports and FolkloreElizabeth Peterson
257
American Forms and Performers
265
Conversational GenresSally Yerkovich
277
Folktale PerformersRichard M Dorson
287
Folk CraftsmenJohn Michael Vlach
301
Childrens Folklore John H McDowell
314
INTERPRETATION OF RESEARCH
323
How to Interpret American Folklore Historically
338
Studying American Folkloric FilmsSharon R Sherman
441
Bibliographies and Indexes in American Folklore Research
447
PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH
459
Teaching Folklore in American Colleges and Universities
470
The Publication of ResearchRichard M Dorson
478
Balance Flexibility
486
Developing a Folklore ArchiveJoseph C Hickerson
493
Organizing a Folklore MuseumOrmond H Loomis
499
Filming the FolkGeorge Carey
507
Video in the Classroom and Community Outreach Projects
513
Dealing with Traditional
525
Ethics and the FolkloristWm Hugh Jansen
533
Bibliography
541
Contributors
565
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Über den Autor (1986)

In 1957, Richard M. Dorson replaced Stith Thompson as the head of folklore studies at Indiana University, establishing himself as a major scholar and perhaps the foremost influence in the field. Dorson is often called the father of American folklore. In addition, he is given credit for bringing about an international or cross-cultural approach to the subject. Dorson was editor of the Journal of American Folklore (1959-63), president of the American Folklore Society (1967-68), and author of numerous studies on the subject. His textbook, American Folklore (1959), which employs a historical approach, was the first comprehensive study of the subject. In it he attempted to bring about what he calls a hemispheric theory, wherein the disciplines of both folklore and history are combined, stressing the intimate bonds between the culture of the folk and the history of the American experience. It is still recognized as a classic work.

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