Interpreting Folklore

Interpreting Folklore

Alan Dundes
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/1/1980
Format: paper 320 pages
ISBN: 978-0-253-20240-6
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“ . . . Dundes has produced a work which will be useful to both students and teachers who wish to broaden their understanding of modern folklore.” —Center for Southern Folklore Magazine

“It is impossible ever to remain unimpressed with [Dundes’] excursuses, however much one may be in disagreement (or not) with his conclusions.” —Forum for Modern Language Studies

Often controversial, Alan Dundes’s scholarship is always provocative, perceptive, and intelligent. His concern here is to assess the material folklorists have so painstakingly amassed and classified, to interpret folklore, and to use folklore to increase our understanding of human nature and culture.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Who Are the Folk?
Texture, Text, and Context
Projection in Folklore: A Plea for Psychoanalytic Semiotics
The Curious Case of the Wide-mouth Frog
Thinking Ahead: A Folkloristic Reflection of the Futur Orientation in American Worldview
Seeing Is Believing
Wet and Dry, the Evil Eye: An Essay in Indo-European and Semitic Worldview
The Number Three in American Culture
The Crowing Hen and the Easter Bunny: Male Chauvinism in American Folklore
A Psychoanalytic Study of the Bullroarer
Into the Endzone for a Touchdown: A Psychoanalytic Consideration of American Football
To Love My Father All: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Folktale Source of King Lear
The Hero Pattern and the Life of Jesus

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