American Folklore: An Encyclopedia

American Folklore: An Encyclopedia

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Baker & Taylor
Includes the major American folklore genres of custom, folksong, folktale, games, myth, proverbs, riddles and puzzles, and superstition, as well as entries covering some of the minor genres

& Francis Publishing

Contains over 500 articles
Ranging over foodways and folksongs, quiltmaking and computer lore, Pecos Bill, Butch Cassidy, and Elvis sightings, more than 500 articles spotlight folk literature, music, and crafts; sports and holidays; tall tales and legendary figures; genres and forms; scholarly approaches and theories; regions and ethnic groups; performers and collectors; writers and scholars; religious beliefs and practices. The alphabetically arranged entries vary from concise definitions to detailed surveys, each accompanied by a brief, up-to-date bibliography.
Special features
*More than 2000 contributors
*Over 500 articles spotlight folk literature, music, crafts, and more
*Alphabetically arranged
*Entries accompanied by up-to-date bibliographies
*Edited by America's best-known folklore authority

Book News
A reference for scholars, students, and the general public on American folklore, which is defined here as North American folklore, including Canadian but excluding, except for a few general topics, the folklore of Native Americans (planned for coverage in its own encyclopedia). Some 500 articles encompass folk literature, music, and crafts of major and minor ethnic groups, urban and rural, traditional and contemporary traditions, as well as including entries for folklorists (those whose body of work is completed, i.e. nonliving), and scholarly terms and approaches. Some entries are brief descriptions; others are extensive essays. Each includes references and cross-references. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: New York : Garland Publishing, 1996
ISBN: 9780815307518
Branch Call Number: R 398.2097 AME
Characteristics: xviii, 794p. : ill. ; 29cm
Additional Contributors: Brunvand, Jan Harold


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