Meaning of Folklore: The Analytical Essays of Alan Dundes

Meaning of Folklore: The Analytical Essays of Alan Dundes

by Simon J. Bronner, Alan Dundes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0874216834

ISBN-13: 9780874216837

Pub. Date: 10/31/2007

Publisher: Utah State University Press

The essays of Alan Dundes virtually created the meaning of folklore as an American academic discipline. Yet many of them went quickly out of print after their initial publication in far-flung journals. Brought together for the first time in this volume compiled and edited by Simon Bronner,  the selection surveys Dundes's major ideas and emphases, and is

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The essays of Alan Dundes virtually created the meaning of folklore as an American academic discipline. Yet many of them went quickly out of print after their initial publication in far-flung journals. Brought together for the first time in this volume compiled and edited by Simon Bronner,  the selection surveys Dundes's major ideas and emphases, and is introduced by Bronner with a thorough analysis of Dundes's long career, his interpretations, and his inestimable contribution to folklore studies.

Runner-up, the Wayland Hand Award for Folklore and History, 2009

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874216837
Publisher:
Utah State University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
580
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments....................vii
Introduction: The Analytics of Alan Dundes....................1
References....................36
1. Folklore as a Mirror of Culture....................53
2. The Study of Folklore in Literature and Culture: Identification and Interpretation....................67
3. Metafolklore and Oral Literary Criticism....................77
4. From Etic to Emic Units in the Structural Study of Folktales....................88
(Postscript) The Motif-Index and the Tale Type Index: A Critique....................101
5. How Indic Parallels to the Ballad of the "Walled-Up Wife" Reveal the Pitfalls of Parochial Nationalistic Folkloristics....................107
6. Structuralism and Folklore....................123
(Postscript) Binary Opposition in Myth: The Propp/Lévi-Strauss Debate in Retrospect....................145
7. On Game Morphology: A Study of the Structure of Non-Verbal Folklore....................154
8. The Devolutionary Premise in Folklore Theory....................164
9. Folk Ideas as Units of Worldview....................179
(Postscript) Worldview in Folk Narrative....................193
10. As the Crow Flies: A Straightforward Study of Lineal Worldview in American Folk Speech....................196
11. Much Ado About "Sweet Bugger All": Getting to the Bottom of a Puzzle in British Folk Speech....................211
12. Grouping Lore: Scientists and Musicians....................229
(A) Science in Folklore? Folklore in Science?....................232
(B) Viola Jokes: A Study of Second String Humor....................237
13. Medical Speech and Professional Identity....................249
(A) The Gomer: A Figure of American Hospital Folk Speech....................252
(B) "When You Hear Hoofbeats, Think Horses, Not Zebras": A Folk Medical Diagnostic Proverb....................264
14. Getting the Folk and the Lore Together....................273
15. Gallus as Phallus: A Psychoanalytic Cross-Cultural Consideration of the Cockfight as Fowl Play....................285
16. The Symbolic Equivalence of Allomotifs: Towards a Method of Analyzing Folktales....................319
17. Earth-Diver: Creation of the Mythopoeic Male....................327
(Postscript) Madness in Method Plus a Plea for Projective Inversion in Myth....................343
18. Theses on Feces: Scatological Analysis....................352
(A) The Folklore of Wishing Wells....................355
(B) Here I Sit: A Study of American Latrinalia....................360
(C) The Kushmaker....................375
19. The Ritual Murder or Blood Libel Legend: A Study of Anti-Semitic Victimization through Projective Inversion....................382
20. On the Psychology of Collecting Folklore....................410
(Postscript) Chain Letter: A Folk Geometric Progression....................422
Index....................427

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