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A Companion to Folklore

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9499-0
680 pages
April 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Folklore presents an original and comprehensive collection of essays from international experts in the field of folklore studies. Unprecedented in depth and scope, this state-of-the-art collection uniquely displays the vitality of folklore research across the globe.
  • An unprecedented collection of original, state of the art essays on folklore authored by international experts
  • Examines the practices and theoretical approaches developed to understand the phenomena of folklore
  • Considers folklore in the context of multi-disciplinary topics that include poetics, performance, religious practice, myth, ritual and symbol, oral textuality, history, law, politics and power as well as the social base of folklore
  • Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title
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Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction 1
Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem

Part I Concepts and Phenomena 7

Introduction: Concepts and Phenomena 9
Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem

1 The Social Base of Folklore 13
Dorothy Noyes

2 Tradition Without End 40
Francisco Vaz da Silva

3 The Poetics of Folklore 55
Amy Shuman and Galit Hasan-Rokem

4 Three Aspects of Oral Textuality 75
Peter Seitel

5 Performance 94
Richard Bauman

6 Myth-Ritual-Symbol 119
Hagar Salamon and Harvey E. Goldberg

7 Religious Practice 136
Sabina Magliocco

8 Work and Professions 154
Gertraud Koch

9 Material Culture 169
Orvar Löfgren

Part II Location 185

Introduction: Location 187
Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem

10 Translingual Folklore and Folklorics in China 190
Lydia H. Liu

11 Japan 211
Akiko Mori

12 India 234
Sadhana Naithani

13 Oceania 248
Phillip H. McArthur

14 Folklore and Folklore Studies in Latin America 265
Fernando Fischman

15 Folklore Studies in the United States 286
Lee Haring and Regina F. Bendix

16 Dancing Around Folklore: Constructing a National Culture in Turkey 305
Arzu Öztürkmen

17 Folklore Studies In Israel 325
Dani Schrire and Galit Hasan-Rokem

18 Fulani (Peul, Fulfulde, Pulaar) Literature 349
Ursula Baumgardt

19 From Volkskunde to the “Field of Many Names”: Folklore Studies in German-Speaking Europe Since 1945 364
Regina F. Bendix

20 Finland 391
Lauri Harvilahti

21 Ireland 409
Diarmuid Ó Giolláin

22 Russia 426
Alexander Panchenko

Part III Reflection 443

Introduction: Reflection 445
Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem

23 Folklore and Literature 447
Cristina Bacchilega

24 Folklore and/in Music 464
Stephen D. Winick

25 Folklore and/on Film 483
Pauline Greenhill

26 Cultural Heritage 500
Valdimar T. Hafstein

27 Cultural Property 520
Martin Skrydstrup

28 Folklore: Legal and Constitutional Power 537
Alison Dundes Renteln

Part IV Practice 555

Introduction: Practice
Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem 557

29 Seeing, Hearing, Feeling, Writing: Approaches and Methods from the Perspective of Ethnological Analysis of the Present 559
Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber

30 Imagining Public Folklore 579
Debora Kodish

31 The Institutionalization of Folklore 598
Bjarne Rogan

Index 631

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Regina Bendix is Professor of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. She is the author of In Search of Authenticity, and has co-edited Prädikat Heritage (with Dorothee Hemme and Markus Tauschek), Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven (with Kilian Bizer and Stefan Groth), and Culture and Property (Special Issue of Ethnologia Europaea, co-edited with Valdimar Hafstein).

Galit Hasan-Rokem is Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore, and Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature, and Tales of the Neighborhood: Jewish Narrative Dialogues in Late Antiquity. She is a published poet in Hebrew and translation and has co-edited The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present: A Bilingual Anthology (with Shirley Kaufman and Tamar Hess).

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“This 660-page anthology is important, containing thirty-six essays by thirty-three scholars, who represent different countries and approaches to the study of folklore.”  (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1 March 2014)

“A Companion to Folkloreis nothing if not international, and this quality alone distinguishes it from most earlier reference works and makes it an important resource for the field.”  (Western Folklore, 1 May 2013

“If so, we will have gained tremendously through the one-time exposure that this high-profile, and intellectually rich, project will have provided us, as well as from the technical and political-economic lessons that it can teach us. These are among the upsides, for which I am very grateful. At a simple level, I am tremendously appreciative of the work undertaken by the editors and for the gift of a review copy, which I know I will be consulting constantly in the years ahead.”  (Journal of Folklore Research, 3 April 2013)

Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012

“Nearly all college and university libraries will want this book.  Summing Up: Essential.  All academic levels/libraries.”  (Choice, 1 November 2012)

“This book presents challenging and inspiring essays about a field that is often misconceived as the harbor of tradition. The volume succeeds in representing folklore as a vital component of human existence and folkloristics as an indispensable discipline within the humanities.”
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Marzolph, Enzyklopädie des Märchens, Göttingen

“Magisterial, engaging, smart, and always thought-provoking, A Companion to Folklore both reflects and will help shape the broad and increasingly interdisciplinary ambit - and promise - of the field.”
- Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz

"This comprehensive companion to folklore represents the best recent work and an exciting vision of what folklore can offer other disciplines."
- Barbara Kirshenblatt Gimblett, New York University

"Magisterial in its scope at bursting at every seam with information, Bendix and Hasan-Rokem's Companion to Folklore will spark a rich transnational conversation regarding future directions for folkloristics."
- Charles L. Briggs, co-author of Voices of Modernity

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