Buying the Wind Regional Folklore in the United States

ISBN-10: 0226158624

ISBN-13: 9780226158624

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Description: This anthology of regional folklore displays the abundance, humor, and continuing vigor of the American oral tradition. The collection explores rich and distinctive lore of Maine Down-Easters, Pennsylvania Dutchmen, Southern mountaineers, Louisiana Cajuns, Illinois Egyptians, Southwest Mexicans, and Utah Mormons. Their tales, songs, riddles, proverbs, games, superstitions, and customs provide a wealth of living folklore presented here as it was recorded in the field. And this unvarnished folklore fact—retains the spicy flavor of authentic narrative, told in the vernacular of the skillful folk storyteller.

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List price: $55.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/1972
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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.

Introduction: Collecting Oral Folklore in the United States I. Maine Down -Easters
Sea Traditions Bad Luck at Sea Buying the Wind
The Haunted Ship ""Resolution""
The Sailor Who Went Inland
Hero Legends of Barney Beal Barney Kills a Horse with his Fist Barney Beal Kills Prize Fighter Barney Beal Lifts Rock out of Dory Feats of Barney
How Barney Beal Awed the Bully of Peak's Island
How Barney Beal Got the Bump on his Nose
The Cause of Barney's Death
Witches and Spirits Mother Hicks the Witch C
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