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Suggested Readings » Folklore : Theory and Method

A. Textbooks, general works

Bascom, William, ed.   Frontiers of Folklore. Westview, 1977.

Ben-Amos, Dan, ed.   Folklore Genres. University of Texas, 1976.

Ben-Amos, Dan and Kenneth Goldstein, eds. Folklore: Performance and Communication. Mouton, 1975.

Botkin, Benjamin, ed.   A Treasury of American Folklore: Stories, Ballads, and Traditions of the People. Crown Publishers, 1944.

Brunvand, Jan.   The Study of American Folklore: An Introduction. W. W. Norton, 1968.

Child, Francis James.   The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Ed. by Helen Child Sargent and George Lyman Kittredge. Houghton Mifflin, 1932.

Child, Frances James. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads . 5vols. Boston: Houghton and Mifflin, 1882-1898.

Dolby, Sandra.   Self-Help Books: Why Americans Keep Reading Them. University of Illinois, 2005.

Dundes, Alan, ed. International Folkloristics: Classic Contributions by the Founders of Folklore. Rowman and Littlefield, 1999.

Dundes, Alan, ed. The Study of Folklore. Prentice-Hall, 1965.

Georges, Robert. Folkloristics: An Introduction. Indiana University, 1995.

Glassie, Henry. Folk Housing in Middle Virginia: A Structural Analysis of Historic Artifacts. University of Tennessee, 1975.

Jones, Michael Owen.   The Hand Made Object and its Maker. University of California, 1975.

Oring, Elliott, ed. Folk Groups and Folklore Genres:   An Introduction. Utah State University, 1986.

Oring, Elliott. Folk Groups and Folk Genres: A Reader. Utah State University, 1989.

Toelken, Barre.  The Dynamics of Folklore. Houghton Mifflin, 1979.

B. Anthologies, collections of essays

Abrahams, Roger and Richard Bauman, eds.  "And Other Neighborly Names": Social Process and Cultural Image in Texas Folklore. University of Texas, 1981.

Baron, Robert, and Ana Cara, eds. Creolization as Cultural Creativity. University Press of Mississippi, 2011.

Bascom, William, ed. African Art in Cultural Perspective: An Introduction. W. W. Norton, 1973.

Basso, Ellen, ed. Native Latin American Cultures through Their Discourse. Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, no. 1. Bloomington, 1990.

Bauman, Richard, and Joel Sherzer, eds. Explorations in the Ethnography of Speaking. Cambridge University, 1974.

Bendix, Regina F., and Galit Hasan-Rokem, eds. A Companion to Folklore. 1st edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Blank, Trevor, and Robert Glenn Howard, eds. Tradition in the Twenty-First Century: Locating the Role of the Past in the Present. Utah State University Press, 2013

Cashman, Ray, Tom Mould, and Pravina Shukla, eds. The Individual and Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives. Indiana University, 2011.

Dorson, Richard, ed.   Folklore and Folklife: A Introduction. University of Chicago, 1972.

Farrer, Claire, ed.   Women and Folklore. University of Texas, 1975.

Foster, Michael, and Jeffrey Tolbert, eds. The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World. Utah State University, 2015.

Frisbie, Charlotte, ed.   Southwestern Indian Ritual Drama. University of New Mexico, 1980.

Green, Archie, ed. Songs of Work. Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, no. 3. Bloomington, 1993.

Hand, Wayland, ed.   American Folk Legend: A Symposium. University of California, 1971.

Kapchan, Deborah, ed. Cultural Heritage in Transit: Intangible Rights as Human Rights. University of Pennsylvania. 2014.  

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara, ed. Speech Play: Research and Resources for the Study of Linguistic Creativity. University of Pennsylvania, 1976.

Paredes, Américo. Folklore and Culture on the Texas-Mexican Border. Edited with an Introduction by Richard Bauman. University of Texas Press for the Center for Mexican-American Studies, 1993.

Patai, Raphael, and Haya Bar-Itzhak, eds. Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions. M. E. Sharpe, 2013.

Reynolds, Dwight. Arab Folklore: A Handbook. Greenwood, 2007.

Sebeok, Thomas, ed. Style in Language. MIT, 1960

C. Theory and technique

Abrahams, Roger. Everyday Life: A Poetics of Everyday Practices. University of Pennsylvania, 2005.

Bauman, Richard.   Verbal Art as Performance. Newbury House Publishers, 1977.

Bauman, Richard. A World of Other's Words: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Intertextuality. Blackwell, 2004.

Bausinger, Herman.   Folk Culture in a World of Technology. Tr. by Elke Dettmer.   Indiana University, 1990.

Bendix, Regina, Aditya Eggert, and Arnika Peselmann, eds. Heritage Regimes and the State. Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2013.

Briggs, Charles.   Competence in Performance: The Creativity of Tradition in Mexicano Verbal Art.   University of Pennsylvania, 1988.

Brown, Michael F. Who Owns Native Culture? Harvard University, 2003.

Dégh, Linda. American Folklore and the Mass Media. Indiana University, 1994.

Dorson, Richard .   American Folklore. University of Chicago, 1959.

Dorson, Richard.   American Folklore and the Historian. University of Chicago, 1971.

Dorson, Richard.   Folklore and Fakelore:   Essays Toward a Discipline of Folk Studies. Harvard University, 1976.

Dundes, Alan. The Morphology of North American Indian Folktales. Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia,1964.

Dundes, Alan.   Interpreting Folklore. Indiana University, 1980.

El-Shamy, Hasan.   Brother and Sister.   Type 872*:   A Cognitive Behavioristic Text Analysis of a Middle Eastern Oikotype. Folklore Publications Group, Indiana University, 1979.

Fine, Elizabeth.   The Folklore Text: From Performance to Print. Indiana University, 1984.

Foley, John Miles. How to Read an Oral Poem. University of Illinois, 2002.

Foley, John Miles. The Singer of Tales in Performance. Indiana University, 1995.

Herzfeld, Michael.   Ours Once More: Folklore, Ideology, and the Making of Modern Greece. University of Texas, 1982.

Hobsbawm, Eric and Terrence Ranger, eds.   The Invention of Tradition. Cambridge University, 1983.

Honko, Lauri, ed. Thick Corpus, Organic Variation and Textuality in Oral Tradition. Studia Fennica Folkloristica 7. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society, 2000.

Hufford, David.   The Terror That Comes in the Night: An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions. University of Pennsylvania, 1982.

Ivey, Bill. Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights. University of California, 2008.

Janelli, Roger, with Dawnhee Yim. Making Capitalism: The Social and Cultural Construction of a South Korean Conglomerate . Stanford University, 1993.

Kapchan, Deborah. Gender on the Market: Moroccan Women and the Revoicing of Tradition. University of Pennsylvania, 1996.

Krohn, Kaarle. Folklore Methodology. University of Texas, 1971.

Lawless, Elaine.   Holy Women, Wholly Women: S haring Ministries of Wholeness through Life Stories and Reciprocal Ethnography. University of Pennsylvania, 1993.

Lévi-Strauss, Claude. The Raw and the Cooked. Harper and Row, 1969.

Lévi-Strauss, Claude. The Savage Mind . University of Chicago, 1966.

Lévi-Strauss, Claude.   The Origin of Table Manners. J. Cape, 1978.

Limón, José. Dancing the Devil: Society and Cultural Poetics in Mexican-American South Texas. University of Wisconsin, 1994.

Lord, Albert B. The Singer of Tales. 2nd edition, edited by Stephen Mitchell & Gregory Nagy. Harvard University, 2000.

Oring, Elliott. Just Folklore: Analysis, Interpretation, Critique. Cantilever Press, 2012.

Paredes, Américo and Richard Bauman, eds.   Toward New Perspectives in Folklore. University of Texas,   1972.   [Re-issued   by Trickster Press, 2000].

Propp, Vladimir. The Morphology of the Folktale. Ed. with an introd. by Svatava Pirkov-Jakobson, tr. by Laurence Scott. Indiana University, 1968.

Schrempp, Gregory.   Magical Arrows: The Maori, the Greeks, and the Folklore of the Universe. University of Wisconsin, 1992.

Stewart, Susan.    Nonsense:   Aspects of Intertextuality in Folklore and Literature. Johns Hopkins University, 1979.

Stewart, Susan. Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation. Duke University, 1994.

Weigle, Marta.   Creation and Procreation: Feminist Reflections on Mythologies of Cosmogony and Parturition. University of Pennsylvania, 1989.

Wilson, William.   Folklore and Nationalism in Modern Finland.   Indiana University, 1976.

D. History of folkloristic thought

Bauman, Richard and Charles Briggs. Voices of Modernity: Language Ideologies and the Production of Social Inequality. Cambridge University, 2003.

Boatright, Mody.   Mody Boatright, Folklorist: A Collection of Essays. Ed. by Ernest Speck. University of Texas, 1973.

Bronner, Simon.    American Folklore Studies: An Intellectual History. University Press of Kansas, 1986.  

Brown, Mary Ellen. The Bedsman and the Hodbearer: The Epistolary Friendship of Francis James Child and William Walker.   Aberdeen University for The Elphinstone Institute, 2001.

Brown, Mary Ellen . William Motherwell's Cultural Politics. University Press of Kentucky, 2001.

Cocchiara, Guiseppe.   The History of Folklore in Europe. Tr. by John McDaniel.   Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1980.

Cochran, Robert. Vance Randolf: An Ozark Life. University of Illinois, 1985.

Cochran, Robert. Louise Pound: Scholar, Athlete, Feminist Pioneer. University of Nebraska, 2009. 

Dorson, Richard.   The British Folklorists: A History. University of Chicago, 1968.

Feldman, B., and R. Richardson, eds. The Rise of Modern Mythology, 1680-1860.  Indiana University, 1972.

Holbek, Bengt . The Interpretation of Fairy Tales: Danish Folklore in a European Perspective. Soumalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1987.

Hustvedt, Sigurd. Ballad Criticism in Scandinavia and Great Britain During the Eighteenth Century. The American Scandinavian Foundation, 1916.

Hustvedt, Sigurd Benard. Ballad Books and Ballad Men: Raids and Rescues in Britain, America, and the Scandinavian North Since 1800. Harvard University, 1930.

Karpeles, Maud. Cecil Sharp: His Life and Work.   University of Chicago, 1967.

Limón, José. Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique. University of Texas, 2012.

McDowell, John, Inta Carpenter, Donald Braid, and Erika Peterson-Veatch, eds. Stith Thompson's A Folklorist's Progress: Reflections of a Scholar's Life . Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, no. 5, 1996.

McKay, Ian. The Quest of the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University, 1994.

Motherwell, William.   Minstrelsy:   Ancient and Modern. Singing Tree Press, 1968.

Naithani, Sadhana, The Story-Time of the British Empire: Colonial and Postcolonial Folkloristics. University Press of Mississippi, 2010.

Nicolaisen, W.F.H. and James Moreira, ed. The Ballad and the Folklorist: The Collected Papers of David Buchan. Memorial University of Newfoundland , 2013.

O'Sullivan, Sean.   Handbook of Irish Folklore. Folklore Associates, 1963.

Rodgers, Lawrence and Jerrold Hirsch, eds. America's Folklorist: B.A. Botkin and American Culture. University of Oklahoma, 2010.

Sydow, Carl Wilhelm von.   Selected Papers on Folklore. Rosenkilde and Bagger, 1948.

Szwed, John. Alan Lomax:  A Biography. Viking, 2010.

Zipes, Jack.   The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World. Routledge, 1988.

Zumwalt, Rosemary. American Folklore Scholarship: A Dialogue of Dissent . Indiana University, 1988.

E. Public arts and culture

Bauman, Richard, Patricia Sawin, and Inta Carpenter. Reflections on the Folklife Festival: An Ethnography of Participant Experience. Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, no. 2, 1992.

Baron, Robert and Nicholas Spitzer, eds. Public Folklore. Smithsonian Institution, 1992.

Cantwell, Robert, Ethnomimesis: Folklife and the Representation of Culture. University of North Carolina, 1993.

Feintuch, Burt ed. The Conservation of Culture: Folklore and the Public Sector. University Press of Kentucky, 1988.

Hufford, Mary ed. Conserving Culture: A New Discourse on Heritage. University of Illinois, 1994.

Jones, Michael Owen, ed. Putting Folklore to Use. University Press of Kentucky, 1994.

Kurin, Richard. Reflections of a Culture Broker: A View from the Smithsonian. Smithsonian Institution, 1997.

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara. Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage. University of California, 1998.

Price, Richard and Sally  On the Mall: Presenting Maroon Tradition-Bearers at the 1992 Festival of American Folklife. Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, IU Press, 1994.

Whisnant, David. All that is Native and Fine: The Politics of Culture in an American Region. University of North Carolina, 1983.

F. Ethnography and fieldwork

Alver, Bente,   Creating the Source through Folkloristic Fieldwork: A Personal Narrative. Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1990.

Briggs, Charles, Learning How to Ask :   A Sociolinguistic Appraisal of the Role of the Interview in Social Science Research. Cambridge University, 1986.

Clifford, James and George Marcus eds.   Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography: A School of American Research Advanced Seminar. University of California, 1986.

Finnegan, Ruth. Oral Traditions and the Verbal Arts: A Guide to Research Practices. Routledge, 1992.

Georges, Robert, and Michael Owen Jones. People Studying People: The Human Element in Fieldwork. University of California, 1980.

Goldstein, Kenneth S.   A Guide for Fieldworkers in Folklore. Folklore Associates, 1964.   Reprint:   Gale   Research 1974. Series: Memoirs of the American Folklore Society, vol. 52.

Ives, Edward. The Tape-Recorded Interview. A Manual for Fieldworkers in Folklore and Oral History. University of Tennessee, 1995.  

Jackson, Bruce. Fieldwork. University of Illinois, 1987.

Lomax, John. Adventures of a Ballad Hunter. Hafner, 1971.