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The Dynamics of Folklore

Toelken, Barre

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ISBN 10: 0395270685 / ISBN 13: 9780395270684
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1979
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Title: The Dynamics of Folklore

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Illustrated with Photographs

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dustjacket

Edition: First Edition

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One of the most comprehensive and widely praised introductions to folklore ever written. Toelken's discussion of the history and meaning of folklore is delivered in straightforward language, easily understood definitions, and a wealth of insightful and entertaining examples. Toelken emphasizes dynamism and variety in the vast array of folk expressions he examines, from "the biology of folklore," to occupational and ethnic lore, food ways, holidays, personal experience narratives, ballads, myths, proverbs, jokes, crafts, and others. Chapters are followed by bibliographical essays, and over 100 photographs illustrate the text. This new edition is accessible to all levels of folklore study and an essential text for classroom instruction.


In The Dynamics Of Folklore, Barre Toelken discusses the history, meaning and variety of folklore. He considers "the biology of folklore" and emphasizes the dynamic, everyday, everywhere richness of folk expressions from occupational and ethnic lore to foodways, holidays, personal experience narratives, legends, ballads, myths, provers, jokes, crafts, and others, clearly tracing the cultural worldviews folklore conveys and how it expresses them. Throughout the text Toelken offers students and others practical instruction and advice on methods and study, including field research, cross-cultural understanding, discerning the context and meaning of folk performances, and recording and archiving folklore. Extensive bibliographical essays outline the history and literature of folklore, and over one hundred photographs illustrate examples of folk events, arts, and processes. The Dynamics Of Folklore is a benchmark body of scholarship and essential reading for any serious folklorist. -- Midwest Book Review

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