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The Study of American Folklore: An Introduction

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Distinguished folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand, famous for his collections of 'urban legends, ' offers readers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the field of folklore. New to the fourth edition are 67 "Focus" boxes that provide in-depth examples of folk genres, research methods, and theoretical approaches, and over 70 photographs that illustrate material and perfo ...more
Hardcover, Fourth Edition, 672 pages
Published January 17th 1998 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 1968)
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Aug 01, 2007 Lia rated it liked it
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While the book isn't really set up like a textbook, and thus it can be hard to flip to info you need while doing homework (and my highlighter bleeds right through!)... I'm enjoying the content.

I also wish the mini sections within chapters wouldn't just start at random spots (maybe they don't, it just seems so) and have to be skipped while you're finishing the chapter text. Then I forget to go back and read them. And content from within them HAS been on the quizzes. They should have put them all
Jun 24, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
I read this for my American Folklore class this semester. It approached the subject by dividing it into categories: i.e. folklore, folk music, folk crafts, folk foods, etc. I enjoyed connecting with some of the areas, like making "Cat's Cradle" or discussing superstitions like "knock on wood" and saying "God bless you" when someone sneezes. This book may not challenge your thinking much, but there is some neat history.
Jan 12, 2014 Leah rated it it was amazing
Good overview of the topic in general
Edgar Gunn
Jan 08, 2014 Edgar Gunn rated it really liked it
A nice study of folklore and it's origin.
Jun 11, 2013 Stu rated it it was amazing
Fine overview covering many fields of folklore and folklife. If you're new to the discipline, this is for you. Even if you're an old hand, this will fill in some gaps and, perhaps, introduce you to some new authors and concepts.
Feb 12, 2016 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all interested parties, including students
I carried this with me as a keeper after reading it initially. I need to read the more recent edition of this classic text.
Highly recommended.
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Sep 05, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
As the title implies this is an introductory of American folklore. It discusses the role of folklore in cultures.
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Jan Harold Brunvand (born 1933) is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Utah in the United States, best known for spreading the concept of the urban legend, or modern folklore. Before his work, folk tales were associated with ancient times or rural cultures; Brunvand's breakthrough was to take concepts developed in the academic study of traditional folktales and apply them to stori ...more
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