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Handbook of American Folklore : A Midland Book - Richard Mercer Dorson

Handbook of American Folklore

A Midland Book

By: Richard Mercer Dorson (Editor), Inta Carpenter (Editor), Elizabeth Peterson (Editor), Angela J. Maniak (Editor), Winthorp Edson Richmond (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 22nd February 1986
ISBN: 9780253203731
Number Of Pages: 608

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

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Topics of Research
American Experiencesp. 1
Colonizing a New Societyp. 4
Finding the Way Home: The Interpretation of American Indian Folklorep. 11
The Unfulfilled Promise of North American Indian Folklorep. 18
Afro-American Folk Musicp. 24
The Westward Movementp. 32
Studying Immigrant and Ethnic Folklorep. 39
The Legacy of Early Afro-American Folklore Scholarshipp. 48
American Cultural Mythsp. 57
The Noble and Ignoble Savagep. 60
Rags to Richesp. 67
Fables of Innocencep. 73
The Myth of the American Adamp. 79
American Settingsp. 86
In the Family Traditionp. 90
A Family's Repertoirep. 100
The Folklore of Studentsp. 106
Office Folklorep. 115
Factory Folklorep. 121
Occupational Folklore: The Outdoor Industriesp. 128
The Folk Church: Institution, Event, Performancep. 136
The Black Folk Churchp. 145
Mormon Folklorep. 155
Urban Folklorep. 162
Suburban Folklorep. 172
"Hanging Out": Recreational Folklore in Everyday Lifep. 178
Regional Folkloristicsp. 183
The Southwest: A regional Case Studyp. 194
Regional Folk Speech and Sayingsp. 201
The Study of Regional Songs and Balladsp. 208
Folklore, Social Conflict, and the United States-Mexico Borderp. 216
Folklore of the Canadian-American Borderp. 227
Americanization of Folklore in U.S. Possessions and Territoriesp. 233
American Entertainmentsp. 237
Festival in Americap. 239
Folklore on the American Stagep. 247
American Sports and Folklorep. 257
American Forms and Performersp. 265
Personal Experience Storiesp. 268
Conversational Genresp. 277
Folk Singers and Musiciansp. 282
Folktale Performersp. 287
Folk Craftsmenp. 301
Folk Healersp. 306
Children's Folklorep. 314
Interpretation of Researchp. 323
A Historical Theory for American Folklorep. 326
How to Interpret American Folklore Historicallyp. 338
Interpreting Folklore Ethnographically and Sociologicallyp. 345
Interpreting Folklore Ideologicallyp. 351
Methods of Researchp. 359
The Field Study of Folklore in Contextp. 362
Collecting Musical Folklore and Folksongp. 369
Folkloristic Study of the American Artifact: Objects and Objectivesp. 376
Sound Recording and Still Photography in the Fieldp. 384
Using a Folklore Archivep. 391
Using Video in the Fieldp. 397
Folklore Research and Museumsp. 402
Studying American Folklore in Printed Sourcesp. 411
Studying Folklore and American Literaturep. 422
Sound Recordings, Use and Challengep. 434
Studying American Folkloric Filmsp. 441
Bibliographies and Indexes in American Folklore Researchp. 447
Folklorists at Work: A Portfolio from the American Folklife Centerp. 452
Presentation of Researchp. 459
Teaching Folklore to Graduate Students: The Introductory Proseminarp. 463
Teaching Folklore in American Colleges and Universitiesp. 470
The Publication of Researchp. 478
Indexing a Folklore Collection: Balance, Flexibility, and the Empathizing Indexerp. 486
Developing a Folklore Archivep. 493
Organizing a Folklore Museump. 499
Filming the Folkp. 507
Video in the Classroom and Community Outreach Projectsp. 513
Developing a State Folklife Programp. 518
Folk Is a Four-Letter Word: Dealing with Traditional * * * * in Fieldwork, Analysis, and Presentationp. 525
Ethics and the Folkloristp. 533
Bibliographyp. 541
Contributorsp. 565
Indexp. 569
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ISBN: 9780253203731
ISBN-10: 0253203732
Series: A Midland Book
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 22nd February 1986
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.57  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.84

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