Folklorist's Progress: Reflections of a Scholar's Life

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The Life of Stith Thompson as revealed in these pages was in some ways ordinary, in others extraordinary. Reading through A Folklorist's Progress one sees clearly the contours of an academic life in the midcentury United States. In an efficient manner, Professor Thompson portrays the rounds of an academic of the period, planning for courses, establishing and revising programs, attending international meetings and conferences, working ideas into publications. He also describes the social domain with its cycle of ...
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Overview

The Life of Stith Thompson as revealed in these pages was in some ways ordinary, in others extraordinary. Reading through A Folklorist's Progress one sees clearly the contours of an academic life in the midcentury United States. In an efficient manner, Professor Thompson portrays the rounds of an academic of the period, planning for courses, establishing and revising programs, attending international meetings and conferences, working ideas into publications. He also describes the social domain with its cycle of parties, receptions, visits, and social clubs. These autobiographical pages paint an engaging portrait of community organized around the life of the intellect. But not every scholar has the opportunity to found an academic field, and in this light the career of Stith Thompson veers toward the extraordinary. Obituaries described Thompson as "the father of folklore," a journalistic label that, with some qualifications, epitomizes his scholarly career. While folklore studies existed in Europe well before Thompson's lifetime, it was Stith Thompson who, in 1949, conceived of a doctoral degree program in folklore, the first in the U.S. Stith Thompson's success in securing support for the unknown discipline of folklore was due to his stature in the academic community, his skill in dealing with the administrative structure of an American university, and his ties to funding agencies, the state department, and scholarly societies all over the world.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
A Tribute—Herman B.
Wells
Editors’ Preface
A Daughter’s Perspective—Marguerite
Thompson Hays with Dorothy Thompson Letsinger
Introduction—Warren E.
Roberts
Seventieth Birthday Ballad Tribute

I A Bell Rings
II
From a Colonial Melting Pot
III The First World I Knew
IV From Boy to Man:
Indianapolis, 1897-1905
V Kentucky Interlude: 1905-1907
VI Scholar’s
Initiation: Wisconsin, 1907-1909
VII Learning to Teach: Portland,
1909-1911
VIII The Golden Gate: 1911-1912
IX Harvard:
1912-1914
X Apprenticeship: Texas, 1914-1918
XI Honeymoon Transition:
1918
XII Under Pike’s Peak: 1918-1920
XIII A New England Winter:
1920-1921
XIV Entrenching at Indiana: 1921-1926
XV A Year in Europe:
1926-1927
XVI Making a Motif Index: 1927-1931
XVII Harvard and Europe
Revisited: 1931
XVIII Depression: 1931-1935
XIX Recognition Abroad:
1935
XX West Coast Revisited: 1936
XXI Recognition at Home:
1936-1937
XXII Ireland and Points East: Summer, 1937
XXIII New Administration at Indiana
XXIV The East A-Callin’: 1939
XXV The War in Europe:
1939-1941
XXVI First Sabbatical:1941
XXVII Mobilization: 1942
XXVIII
Doing Our Bit: 1943-1945
XXIX Post War: 1945-1946
XXX South American
Journey: 1947
XXXI Asesor Tecnico: 1947
XXXII Dean: 1947-1950
XXXIII
Midcentury: 1950-1951
XXXIV Norway: 1951-1952
XXXV Ex-Dean:
1952-1953
XXXVI Distinguished Service: 1953-1955
XXXVII Emeritus:
1955
XXXVIII Unfinished Business
Biographical Glosses
Selected
Bibliography of Stith Thompson’s Work
Index of Names and Places

Indiana University Press

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