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Jul 11, 2007 Anthony Buccitelli rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in Folklore
Despite the fact that it is now 40 years old, this book is still probably the single best introduction to the history, theory and methodology of folklore. Its age makes it out-dated in terms of recent developments (especially the 1971 perforative and 1980's linguitsic shifts) but it is still a great intodutory text.
Alan Dundes was a folklorist at the University of California, Berkeley. His work was said to have been central to establishing the study of folklore as an academic discipline. He wrote 12 books, both academic and popular, and edited or co-wrote two dozen more. One of his most notable articles was called "Seeing is Believing" in which he indicated that Americans value the sense of sight more than t ...more