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American Folklore

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ISBN-10: 0226158594

ISBN-13: 9780226158594

Edition: 1977

Authors: Richard M. Dorson

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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…    
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List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/15/1961
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
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…    

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