Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Her Quest for Local Knowledge, 1865-1946

Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Her Quest for Local Knowledge, 1865-1946

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Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and Her Quest for Local Knowledge, 1865-1946 reveals an important story which speaks directly to contemporary issues as historians of science, social science, and humanities begin to re-evaluate the nature, content, and role of indigenous and folk knowledge systems. Eckstorm's life and work illustrate the constant tension between local lay knowledge and the more privileged scientific production of academics that increasingly dominated the field from the early twentieth century.show more

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  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 8 black & white halftones, 1 maps
  • 0739179101
  • 9780739179109

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MacDougall performs a valuable service in introducing readers to (or reminding readers about) a truly pioneering American folklorist...This book will be of interest to readers who want to know more about the history of American folklore studies as enacted by the life of a woman whose career spanned the period in which the field began to coalesce into the form(s) that we recognize today. Western Folklore Pauleena MacDougall's carefully researched biography reveals its subject as first of all a woman of fierce, imperious will...MacDougall's solid research gives her study an enduring value. Journal of Folklore Research MacDougall's riveting narrative reveals the remarkable writer, naturalist, and folklorist Fannie Hardy Eckstorm as a woman ahead of her time. With Eckstorm's story, MacDougall stirs us to think hard and long about attitudes then and now toward modernity and tradition, locality and nation, science and humanity. -- Simon J. Bronner, Pennsylvania State University This eminently readable biography has introduced me to Eckstorm in all her complexity. Whether it is exploring the Maine woods, researching the lumbermen's world and the history of ballads, or negotiating a friendship with a Penobscot woman, MacDougall provides us with the context and the personal voice that make this fascinating, complex, Renaissance woman come to life. In the process MacDougall challenges us to rethink the history of middle class women at the turn of the last century. -- Mazie Hough, University of Maine With consummate insight and clarity, MacDougall traces the multifaceted career of writer and folklorist Fannie Hardy Eckstorm of Brewer, Maine, who stood out as a key player in a small community of women pioneers in a man's world of early-twentieth-century ethnography and folklore studies. Although constrained by the ideals of late-Victorian womanhood, Eckstorm crossed the boundaries of gender, class, and race to pursue a fascinating array of interests in Maine woodsmen and river drivers, Native American culture, New England natural history, bird and game conservation, and the expression of working-class pride and masculinity in folk songs and stories. Alive to the beauty of Native American traditions, Eckstorm gained a national reputation for her studies of Indian language, culture, and place-names. The common thread in these varied preoccupations was a keen appreciation for rural life and nature, a solid grasp of techniques in folklore, ethnography, linguistics, anthropology, and natural history, and a passionate faith in the dignity of New England folk culture. MacDougall's biography is a glowing yet carefully balanced tribute to the life and works of Fannie Hardy Eckstorm and to her fascinating quest to establish the Maine woodsmen a true American type. -- Richard W. Judd, University of Maineshow more

About Pauleena M. MacDougall

Pauleena M. MacDougall is director of the Maine Folklife Center and faculty associate in anthropology at the University of Maine.show more

Table of contents

List of illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: Daughter of the Maine Woods Chapter One. Rooted in Place Chapter Two. Eckstorm as Naturalist Chapter Three. Eckstorm as Ethnographer of Local Woodsmen Chapter Four. Eckstorm as Ballad Scholar Chapter Five. Coping with the Normal by Investigating the Paranormal Chapter Six. Eckstorm as Ethnographer of Maine's Native People Chapter Seven. Eckstorm and Clara Neptune Bibliography About the Authorshow more

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