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A. Material culture

Briggs, Charles. The Wood Carvers of Córdova, New Mexico: Social Dimensions of an Artistic "Revival". University of Tennessee, 1980.

Burrison, John. Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South. University of Georgia, 2000.

Burrison, John. Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery. University of Georgia, 1983.

Carter, Tom ed. Images of an American Land: Vernacular Architecture in the Western United States. University of New Mexico, 1997.

Evans, E. Estyn. Irish Folk Ways. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1957.

Glassie, Henry. Pattern in the Material Folk Culture of the Eastern United States. University of Pennsylvania, 1968.

Glassie, Henry. Turkish Traditional Art Today. Indiana University Turkish Studies Series. Indiana University, 1993.

Glassie, Henry. Material Culture. Indiana University, 1999.

Glassie, Henry. The Potter's Art. Indiana University; Material Culture, 1999.

Glassie, Henry. Vernacular Architecture. Indiana University; Material Culture, 2000.

Glassie, Henry. Art and Life in Bangladesh. Indiana University, 1997; Dhaka: Bangla Academy, 2000.

Glassie, Henry. Prince Twins Seven-Seven. Indiana University, 2010.

Hunt, Marjorie. The Stone Carvers: Master Craftsmen of Washington National Cathedral. Smithsonian Institution, 1999.

Jones, Michael Owen. Craftsman of the Cumberlands: Tradition and Creativity. University Press of Kentucky, 2003.

Klein, Barbro, and Mats Widbom eds. Swedish Folk Art: All Tradition is Change. Abrams, 1994.

Lévi-Strauss, Claude. The Way of the Masks. Tr. by Sylvia Modelski. University of Washington, 1982.

Pocius, Gerald. A Place to Belong: Community Order and Everyday Space in Calvert, Newfoundland. University of Georgia, 1991.

Rinzler, Ralph and Robert Sayers. The Meaders Family, North Georgia Potters. Smithsonian Institution, 1980.

Roberts, Warren. Log Buildings of Southern Indiana. Trickster Press, 1984.

Roberts, Warren. Viewpoints on Folklife: Looking at the Overlooked. UMI Research Press, 1988.

Sayers, Robert. The Korean Onggi Potter. Robert Sayers with Ralph Rinzler. Smithsonian Institution, 1987.

Shukla, Pravina. The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India. Indiana University, 2008.

St. George, Robert ed. Material Life in America 1600-1860. Northeastern University, 1988.

Upton, Dell, and John Vlach. Common Places: Readings in American Vernacular Architecture. University of Georgia, 1986.

Vlach, John. Charleston Blacksmith: The Work of Philip Simmons. 2nd ed. University of South Carolina, 1992.

Yoder, Don. American Folklife. University of Texas, 1976.

Yoder, Don. Discovering American Folklife: Studies in Ethnic, Religious, and Regional Culture. UMI Research Press, 1990.

Zug, Charles. Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina. University of North Carolina, 1986.

B. Ritual, festival, and belief

Abrahams, Roger. The Man-of-Words in the West Indies: Performance and the Emergence of Creole Culture. Johns Hopkins University, 1983.

Babcock, Barbara ed. The Reversible World: Symbolic Inversion in Art and Society. Cornell University, 1978.

Bakhtin, Mihail. Rabelais and His World. Tr. by Helene Iswolsky. MIT, 1968.

Bricker, Victoria. Ritual Humor in Highland Chiapas. University of Texas, 1973.

Brown, Karen McCarthy. Mama Lola: A Vodou Princess in Brooklyn. University of California, 2001.

Cohen, Colleen, Richard Wilk, and Beverly Stoeltje eds. Beauty Queens on the Global Stage: Gender, Contests, and Power. Routledge,   1995.

Dundes, Alan, and Alessandro Falassi. La Terra in Piazza: An Interpretation of the Palio of Siena. University of California, 1975.

Falassi, Alessandro ed. Time out of Time: Essays on the Festival. University of New Mexico, 1987.

Flores, Richard. Los Pastores: History and Performance in the Mexican Shepherd's Play of South Texas. Smithsonian Institution, 1995.

Foster, Michael. Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yôkai. University of California, 2009.

Glassie, Henry. All Silver and No Brass: An Irish Christmas Mumming. Indiana University, 1975.

Guss, David. The Festive State: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism as Cultural Performance. University of California, 2000.

Jackson, Jason. Yuchi Ceremonial Life: Performance, Meaning, and Tradition in a Contemporary American Indian Community. University of Nebraska in cooperation with the American Indian Studies Research Institute, Indiana University, 2003.

Levin, Lawrence. Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom. Oxford University, 1977.

Mason, Michael. Living Santeria: Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion. Smithsonian Institution, 2002.

McDowell, John. Sayings of the Ancestors: The Spiritual Life of the Sibundoy Indians. University Press of Kentucky, 1989.

Nájera-Ramírez, Olga. Haciendo Patria: Charrería and the Formation of a Transnational Mexican Community. CLRC, University of California at Santa Cruz, Chicano/Latino Research Center, 1997.

Noyes, Dorothy. Fire on the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics after Franco. University of Pennsylvania, 2003.

Price, Richard and Sally Price. On the Mall: Presenting Maroon Tradition-Bearers at the 1992 Festival of American Folklife. Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, no. 4. Indiana University, 1994.

Titon, Jeff, et al. eds. Powerhouse for God: Speech, Chant, and Song in an Appalachian Baptist Church. University of Texas, 1988.

Turner, Victor. The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure. Aldine de Gruyter, 1995.

Wiggins, William. O Freedom!: Afro-American Emancipation Celebrations. University of Tennessee, 1987.

C. Verbal

(1) myth

Barthes, Roland. Mythologies. Hill and Wang, 1972.

Benedict, Ruth. Zuni Mythology. Columbia University, 1935.

Boas, Franz. Tsimshian Mythology. Based on texts recorded by Henry Tate. Johnson Reprint, 1970.

Dundes, Alan ed. Sacred Narrative, Readings in the Theory of Myth. University of California, 1984.

Georges, Robert ed. Studies on Mythology. Dorsey, 1968.

Jacobs, Melville. Content and Style of an Oral Literature: Clackamas Chinook Myths and Tales. University of Chicago, 1959.

Lincoln, Bruce. Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship. University of Chicago, 1999.

Maranda, Pierre ed. Mythology: Selected Readings. Penguin, 1972.

McDowell, John. "So Wise Were Our Elders": Mythic Narratives of the Kamsá. University Press of Kentucky, 1994.

Schrempp, Gregory, and William Hansen eds. Myth: A New Symposium. Indiana University, 2002.

Sebeok, Thomas ed. Myth: A Symposium. American Folklore Society, 1955.

Von Hendy, Andrew. The Modern Construction of Myth. Indiana University, 2002.

(2) proverb, riddle, and joke

McDowell, John. Children's Riddling. Indiana University, 1979.

Oring, Elliott. Jokes and their Relations. University of Kentucky Press, 1992.

Taylor, Archer. English Riddles from Oral Tradition. Ocatgon Books, 1951.

Taylor, Archer. The Proverb, and An Index to "The Proverb". Folklore Associates, 1962.

Yankah, Kwesi. The Proverb in the Context of Akan Rhetoric. Peter Lang, 1984.

(3) oral literature

Davis, Gerald. I Got the Word in Me and I Can Sing It, You Know: A Study of the Performed Afro-American Sermon. University of Pennsylvania, 1985.

Finnegan, Ruth. Oral Literature in Africa. Clarenden, 1970.

Finnegan, Ruth. Oral Poetry: Its Nature, Significance, and Social Context. Indiana University, 1992.

Hansen, William ed. Anthology of Ancient Greek Popular Literature. Indiana University, 1998.

Haring, Lee. Verbal Arts in Madagascar: Performance in Historical Perspective. University of Pennsylvania, 1992.

Hymes, Dell. In Vain I Tried to Tell You: Essays in Native American Ethnopoetics. University of Pennsylvania, 1981.

Johnson, John. Heelloy: Modern Poetry and Songs of the Somali. 2nd edition, revised. Haan Associates, 1996.

Rosenberg, Bruce A. Can These Bones Live? The Art of the American Folk Preacher. University of Illinois, 1988.  

Yankah, Kwesi. Speaking for the Chief: Okyeame and the Politics of Akan Royal Oratory. Indiana University, 1995.

(4) story, folktale, and legend

Ancelet, Barry Jean. Cajun and Creole Folktales: The French Oral Tradition of South Louisiana. Garland, 1994.

Abrahams, Roger. Deep Down in the Jungle: Negro Narrative Folklore from the Streets of Philadelphia. Folklore Associates, 1964. [revised, Aldine, 1970].

Azadovskii, Mark. A Siberian Tale Teller. Tr. by James Dow. University of Texas, 1974.

Basgoz, Ilhan. Hikaye: Turkish Folk Romance as Performance Art. Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, no. 7. Indiana University, 2008.

Bauman, Richard. Story, Performance, and Event: Contextual Studies of Oral Narrative. Cambridge University, 1986.

Cashman, Ray. Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border. Bloomington: IU Press, 2008.

Crowley, Daniel. I Could Talk Old Story Good: Creativity in Bahamian Folklore. University of California, 1966.

Dégh, Linda. Folktales and Society: Story-Telling in A Hungarian Peasant Community. Tr. by Emily Schossberger. Indiana University, 1969. [revised 1989].

Dégh, Linda. Legend and Belief: Dialectics of a Folklore Genre. Indiana University, 2001.

Dolby Stahl, Sandra. Literary Folkloristics and the Personal Narrative. Indiana University, 1989.

Dorson, Richard. American Negro Folktales. Fawcett Publications, 1967.

El-Shamy, Hasan. Folktales of Egypt. University of Chicago, 1979.

El-Shamy, Hasan. Tales Arab Women Tell: And the Behavioral Patterns they Portray. Indiana University, 1999.

Finnegan, Ruth. Limba Stories and Story-telling. Oxford University, 1967.

Glassie, Henry. The Stars of Ballymenone. Bloomington: IU Press, 2006.

Goldstein, Diane. Once upon a Virus: AIDS Legends and Vernacular Risk Perception. Utah State University, 2004.

Holbek, Bengt. Interpretations of Fairy Tales. Helsinki: Suomailainen Tiedeakatemia, 1987.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Mules and Men. J. B. Lippincott, 1935.

Jackson, Michael. The Politics of Storytelling: Violence, Transgression, and Intersubjectivity. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2002.

Lindahl, Karl ed. Perspectives on the Jack Tales and Other North American Märchen. Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, no. 6. Indiana University, 2001.

Luthi, Max. The European Folktale: Form and Nature. Tr. by John D. Niles. Indiana University, 1982.

Maspero, Gaston. Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt. Edited and with an Introduction and Motif-Type Classification by Hasan El-Shamy. ABC-CLIO, 2002.

Mills, Margaret. Rhetorics and Politics in Afghan Traditional Storytelling. University of Pennsylvania, 1991.

Tom Mould. Choctaw Tales. University Press of MIssissippi, 2004.

Mullen, Patrick. Listening to Old Voices: Folklore, Life Stories, and the Elderly. University of Illinois, 1992.

Narayan, Kirin. Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels: Folk Narrative in Hindu Religious Teaching.   University of Pennsylvania, 1989.

Nøjgaard, Morten, et al. eds. The Telling of Stories: Approaches to a Traditional Craft; A Symposium. Odense University, 1990.

Randolph, Vance. Pissing in the Snow and Other Ozark Folktales. University of Illinois, 1976.

Roberts, Warren. The Tale of the Kind and Unkind Girls: Aarne-Thompson 480 and Related Tales. De Gruyter, 1958.

Schacker, Jennifer. National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England. University of Pennsylvania, 2003.

Seitel, Peter. See That We May See: Performances and Interpretations of Traditional Tales from Tanzania. Indiana University, 1980.

Thompson, Stith. The Folktale. University of California, 1977.

(5) ballad, epic, and folksong

Abrahams, Roger. A Singer and Her Songs: Alameda Riddle's Book of Ballads. Music edited by George Foss. Louisiana State University, 1970.

Barry, Phillips. British ballads from Maine: The Development of Popular Songs with Texts and Airs. Yale University 1929.

Bronson, Bertrand. The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads: With their Texts According to the Extant Records of Great Britain and America. Princeton University, 1959.

Brown, Mary Ellen. Burns and Tradition. University of Illinois, 1984.

Buchan, David. The Ballad and the Folk. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1972.

Cochran, Robert. Singing in Zion: Music and Song in the Life of an Arkansas Family. University of Arkansas, 1999.

Coffin, Tristram. The British Traditional Ballad in North America. University of Texas, 1977.

Davis, A.K. Traditional Ballads of Virginia. Harvard University, 1920.

Entwistle, William. European Balladry. Oxford University, 1939.

Gerould, Gordon Hall. The Ballad of Tradition. Clarendon, 1932.

Glassie, Henry, Edward Ives and John Szwed. Folksongs and their Makers. Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1970.

Green, Archie. Only a Miner: Studies in Recorded Coal-Mining Songs. University of Illinois, 1972.

Green, Archie ed. Songs about Work: Essays in Occupational Culture. Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, no. 3. Indiana University, 1993.

Gummere, Francis Barton. The Popular Ballad. Houghton Mifflin, 1907.

Harker, D. Fakesong: The Manufacture of British "Folksong" 1700 to the Present Day. Open University Press, 1985.

Honko, Lauri. The Kalevala and the World's Traditional Epics. Finnish Literature Society, 2002.

Huntington, Gale. Sam Henry's Song of the People. University of Pennsylvania, 1938.

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

Ives, Edward. Larry Gorman: The Man Who Made the Songs. Indiana University, 1964.

Ives, Edward. Joe Scott: The Woodsman-Songmaker. University of Illinois, 1978.

Johnson, John. Son-Jara:The Mande Epic. Mandekan/English edition. Indiana University, 2003.

Johnson, John, Tom Hale and Steven Belcher, eds. Oral Epics from Africa: Vibrant Voices from a Vast Continent. Indiana University, 1997.

Korson, George. Minstrels of the Mine Patch. University of Pennsylvania, 1938.

Laws, Malcolm. American Balladry from British Broadsides: A Guide for Students and Collectors of Traditional Song. American Folklore Society, 1957.

Laws, Malcolm. Native American Balladry, a Descriptive Study and a Bibliographical Syllabus. American Folklore Society, 1964.

Leach, MacEdward and Tristram Coffin ed. The Critics & the Ballad. Southern Illinois University, 1961.

List, George. Music and Poetry in a Colombian Village: A Tri-Cultural Heritage. Indiana University, 1983.

Lomax, Alan. Folk Song Style and Culture. American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1968.

McDowell, John. Poetry and Violence: The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica. University of Illinois, 2000.

Oinas, Felix ed. Heroic Epic and Saga: An Introduction to the World's Great Folk Epics. Indiana University, 1978.

Paredes, Américo. "With His Pistol in His Hand": A Border Ballad and Its Hero. University of Texas, 1958.

Paredes, Américo and George Foss. The Décima on the Texas-Mexican Border. University of Texas, 1968.

Ritchie, Jean. Singing Family of the Cumberlands. Oxford University, 1955.

Rosenberg, Neil. Bluegrass: A History. University of Illinois, 1985.

Sharp, Cecil James. English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. Oxford University, 1973.

Stone, Ruth. Let the Inside Be Sweet: The Interpretation of Music Events Among the Kpelle of Liberia. Indiana University, 1982.

Stone, Ruth. Dried Millet Breaking: Time, Words, and Song in the Woi Epic of Kpelle. Indiana University, 1988.

Wilgus, D. K. Anglo-American Folksong Scholarship Since 1898. Rutgers University, 1959.