Interpreting Folklore

Interpreting Folklore

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... Dundes has produced a work which will be useful to both students and teachers who wish to broaden their understanding of modern folklore." -Center for Southern Folklore MagazineIt is impossible ever to remain unimpressed with [Dundes'] excursuses, however much one may be in disagreement (or not) with his conclusions." -Forum for Modern Language StudiesOften controversial, Alan Dundes's scholarship is always provocative, perceptive, and intelligent. His concern here is to assess the material folklorists have so painstakingly amassed and classified, to interpret folklore, and to use folklore to increase our understanding of human nature and culture.show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 12th ed.
  • 025320240X
  • 9780253202406
  • 919,679

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Often controversial, Alan Dundes's scholarship is always provocative, perceptive, and intelligent. The thirteen essays gathered here by Dundes reflect his concern to assess the material folklorists have so painstakingly amassed and classified, to interpret folklore, to use it to increase our understanding of human nature and human culture.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsWho Are the Folk?Texture, Text, and ContextProjection in Folklore: A Plea for Psychoanalytic SemioticsThe Curious Case of the Wide-mouth FrogThinking Ahead: A Folkloristic Reflection of the Futur Orientation in American WorldviewSeeing Is BelievingWet and Dry, the Evil Eye: An Essay in Indo-European and Semitic WorldviewThe Number Three in American CultureThe Crowing Hen and the Easter Bunny: Male Chauvinism in American FolkloreA Psychoanalytic Study of the BullroarerInto the Endzone for a Touchdown: A Psychoanalytic Consideration of American FootballTo Love My Father All: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Folktale Source of King LearThe Hero Pattern and the Life of JesusReferences Notesshow more

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" ... Dundes has produced a work which will be useful to both students and teachers who wish to broaden their understanding of modern folklore." - Center for Southern Folklore Magazine "It is impossible ever to remain unimpressed with [Dundes'] excursuses, however much one may be in disagreement (or not) with his conclusions." - Forum for Modern Language Studiesshow more

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