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The Study of American Folklore: An Introduction (4th Edition) Fourth Edition Edition

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About the Author

Jan Harold Brunvand lives in Salt Lake City, where he is professor emeritus at the University of Utah. He is the author of numerous books, including The Vanishing Hitchhiker; The Choking Doberman; The Baby Train; Too Good to Be True; and Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Fourth Edition edition (January 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393972232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393972238
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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that this was actually a good book. My professor made us purchase this for a foklore class. He told us that it was not all that exciting, but I beg to differ. I found this to be an excellent leisure reading book as well as an excellent textbook for class. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in folklore.
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Most simply and briefly put, this is a very well researched survey of articles for those interested in and/or researching the topic of American Folklore.

Allow me to provide a bit more detail with the hope it will aid other scholars and researchers in determining whether this would benefit your library:

The book, written by Jan Harold Brunvand of the University of Utah, was originally published in 1968 (the first edition, with which I am basing my review) and has served as an introduction to the topic for students and scholars ever since. The book was published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

After the brief Preface, Abbreviations and Acknowledgments, the book contains the following sections and chapters:

I. Introduction
1. The Field of Folklore
2. The Study of Folklore
3. Bearers of American Folk Tradition

II. Verbal Folklore
4. Folk Speech and Naming
5. Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases
6. Riddles and Other Verbal Puzzles
7. Rhymes and Folk Poetry
8. Myths and Legends
9. Folktales
10. Folksongs
11. Ballads

III. Partly Verbal Folklore
12. Superstitions
13. Customs and Festivals
14. Folk Dances and Dramas
15. Folk Games

IV. Non-Verbal Folklore
16. Folk Gestures
17. Folk Music
18. Folk Architecture, Handicrafts, and Art
19. Folk Costumes and Foods

Appendices
A. The Taming of the Shrew Tale in the United States, by Jan Harold Brunvand
B. The Folklore of Academe, by J. Barre Toelken
C. The Types of the Southern Mountain Cabin, by Henry Glassie

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In all, the book is 338 pages and thankfully has an Index as well as a short section of detailed notes.
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Had to order this book for my Folklore & Folklife class I am taking. Gives a very good overview on "folklore", and is definitely an easy read for everyone. It is a textbook, so it's not the most interesting thing in the world but is still very helpful.
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Required by a folklore class, this was a fairly entertaining read, making the class as a whole much more lively, but as a basic read, it won't be needed by anyone save a folklore student.
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great way to save money instead of purchasing through the school's bookstore. will definitely use this venue again. good value for my dollar.
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The book has very good information explaining folklore, legends, myths, etc. My class at IU is using it for a text.
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I needed this book for a college course, it was a great price and I received it in the mail quickly.
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