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American Folklore : Chicago History of American Civilization - Richard Mercer Dorson

American Folklore

Chicago History of American Civilization

Paperback Published: 1st January 1959
ISBN: 9780226158594
Number Of Pages: 350

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Here, grounded firmly in American history, is a skilled folklorist's survey of the entire field of America's folklore--from colonization to mass culture.
Tracing the forms and content of American folklore, Mr. Dorson reveals the richness, pathos, and humor of genuine folklore, which he distinguishes from the "fakelore" of popularizers and chauvinists. At the same time, however, he shows what the creation of spurious folklore (the Paul Bunyan legends, for instance) discloses about our national character. Based upon authentic field collections and research, the examples cited include folkways, jests, boasts, tall tales, ballads, folk and legendary heroes.
"His volume enlarges our understanding of the American past and present through an empirical survey of the extant folk traditions and it also provides us with the means for appreciating what is valuable in these folk traditions."--"Virginia Quarterly Review "

Preface A. Foreword on Folklore
Colonial Folklore
The Rise of Native Folk Humor
Regional Folk Cultures
Immigrant Folklore
The Negro
A Gallery of Folk Heroes
Modern Folklore Important Dates
Bibliographical Notes
Table of Motifs and Tale Types
Acknowledgments
Index
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ISBN: 9780226158594
ISBN-10: 0226158594
Series: Chicago History of American Civilization
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 1st January 1959
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36