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Suggested Readings » Folklore : Theory and Method

A. Textbooks, general works

Bascom, William Russell 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. [4th edition, 1998]

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.

Glassie, Henry. The Spirit of Folk Art: The Girard Collection at the Museum of International Folk Art. Abrams in association with the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, 1989.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Sutton-Smith, Brian et al. eds. Children's Folklore: A Source Book. Garland, 1995. [Reissued by Utah State, 1999].

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.

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

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. Helsinki, Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia [sold by Akateeminen Kirjakauppa], 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.

Gilet, Peter. Vladimir Propp and the Universal Folktale: Recommissioning an Old Paradigm--Story as Initiation. Peter Lang, 1998.    

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.

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: Sharing 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.

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: 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 M. 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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. 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.