Encyclopedia of American Folklore

Facts On File, 2007 - 468 Seiten
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An in-depth look at the major forms and themes of American folklore.

Folklore has been described as the unwritten literature of a culture: its songs, stories, sayings, games, rituals, beliefs, and ways of life. Encyclopedia of American Folklore is a comprehensive and accessible reference guide that helps readers explore the topics, themes, figures, and issues related to this popular and timeless subject.

This engaging book connects folk forms from the United States with their cultural origin, historical context, and social function, making this volume a well-rounded resource for fans of folklore. Appendixes include a bibliography, a category index, and a discussion of starting points for researching American folklore.

Coverage includes:
  • Folk heroes and legendary figures, including Paul Bunyan and Yankee Doodle
  • Fables, fairy tales, and myths often featured in American folklore, including "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Princess and the Pea"
  • American authors who have added to or modified folklore traditions, including Washington Irving
  • Historical events that gave rise to folklore, including the civil rights movement and the Revolutionary War
  • Terms in folklore studies, such as fieldwork and the folklife movement
  • Holidays and observances, such as Christmas and Kwanzaa
  • Topics related to folklore in everyday life, such as sports folklore and courtship/dating folklore
  • Folklore related to cultural groups, such as Appalachian and African-American folklore
  • and more.

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Über den Autor (2007)

Linda S. Watts received her Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University and is professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell. She is the author of Rapture Untold: Gender, Mysticism, and the 'Moment of Recognition' in Works by Gertrude Stein and Gertrude Stein: A Study of the Short Fiction.

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