Folklore [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music and Art

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Topics range from such traditional subjects as "festival" and "folktale" to cutting-edge entries such as "computer-mediated folklore" and "postmodernism." In most cases, a longer, more comprehensive ...

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Overview

Folklore emphasizes those bodies of North American and European scholarship that have influenced each other most profoundly since the discipline's inception. The entries provide an introduction that facilitates the pursuit of more specialized topics and other bodies of scholarship.

Topics range from such traditional subjects as "festival" and "folktale" to cutting-edge entries such as "computer-mediated folklore" and "postmodernism." In most cases, a longer, more comprehensive essay format for entries has been favored over shorter entries. Entries are cross-referenced, and each includes a select bibliography to serve as a guide to in depth research.

"From anecdotes, boasts, and children's stories to urban tall tales, vampires, and Xerox-lore, this superb scholarly dictionary illuminates the historical and contemporary form, figures, and fields of folklore. In over 240 in-depth articles by leading scholars, basic cultural concepts, academic theories and methodologies, supernatural creatures and stereotypical characters are discussed with regard to the field of folklore. This cross-cultural study emcompasses literary and oral traditions as well as music, art, architecture, foodways, and other customs."--"Outstanding Reference Sources : the 1999 Selection of New Titles", American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, USA, ALA.

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"This lucid reference work draws on the extraordinary scholarship of 77 authorities to provide more than 200 definitive essays on North American and European folklore … Editor Green has compiled a thoroughly referenced and excellently arranged guide to essential resources and ready reference citations for folklorists, social scientists, historians, journalists, and interested readers … this is now the standard source." - Library Journal

"The essays are superb for both academics and nonprofessionals, and will prove helpful to undergraduates who need clear explanations of theory. Indispensable for academic libraries." - Choice

"This is sure to remain a standard work of folkloristics for many decades, and any library with a serious interest in the topic should acquire it." - Reviews of Folklore Scholarship

VOYA - Nancy K. Wallace
Titles can be misleading-this is not an anthology of folk literature but rather a concordance of the elements and types of folklore and the anthropological, linguistic, literary, and other methods of studying them. It is, in layman's terms, like a cookbook listing hundreds of ingredients and cooking techniques but no recipes. The first two entries are listings of International and North American Academic Programs in folklore and a brief history of the departments at the various universities cited. Written by an impressive group of university professors and independent scholars, this set covers two hundred folklore elements and methods from Acculturation to Xeroxlore. The first sentence of each entry contains a concise definition of the term followed by a detailed description and history, where applicable. Each entry is signed and includes a bibliography, citing additional sources for study. Entries put into words what most people have never had occasion to articulate. For example, consider the first few sentences of the entry for a Riddle Joke: "A joke in the form of a traditional enigma. Although the riddle joke is couched as a question, the respondent is not expected to arrive at a solution; rather, the poser follows up with the answer after a short pause." The information presented in this two-volume set is well-researched, concisely written, and creatively presented. In libraries where there is a call for it, this set would be an invaluable resource. However, it would be of limited value in most small public, middle school, and high school libraries, where students rarely require research material of this depth in these areas. Two volumes. Index. Illus. Biblio.
Library Journal
This lucid, specialized reference work draws on the extraordinary scholarship of 77 authorities to provide more than 200 definitive essays on North American and European folklore. The splendidly illustrated references and in-depth, signed articles offer information on the forms of folk culture (e.g., ballad, riddle, legend, tales, myth), define the standard conceits of the discipline (e.g., hero, fool, trickster), and present extensive discussion of the methodology of the professional folklorist (e.g., comparative mythology, field work, semiotics). The comprehensive reference covers new approaches to folk study (e.g., gender studies, gay literature, minorities), as well as traditional topics like music, dance, storytelling, and folk art. The geographic scope embraces Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and the United States. The work provides not only a fundamental understanding of folklore but also insights into the more general story of culture and society. Editor Green (anthropology, Texas A&M Univ.) has compiled a thoroughly referenced and excellently arranged guide to essential resources and ready reference citations for folklorists, social scientists, historians, journalists, and interested readers. Superseding Maria Leach's Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend (HarperCollins, 1984), this is now the standard source.Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, Pa.
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Not a reference on folklore itself, but on the study of folklore, explaining types, themes, approaches, theories, methods of inquiry, and other categories and concepts used in the academic study of vernacular production. Focuses on American and European research into folklore of many different cultures, but does not actually discuss any particular folklore tradition except as an occasional example. Favoring a longer, essay-type entry to the short definition, includes articles on such topics as the broadside ballad, custom, evolutionary theory, folk music, genre, liminality, occupational folklore, psychoanalytic interpretations, romantic nationalism, the trickster, and the Wellerism. Well cross-referenced. Bibliographies are entry- specific. The two volumes are paged and indexed together. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874369861
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Pages: 892
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 3.09 (d)

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