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FOLK GROUPS AND FOLKLORE GENRES

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1973 ) . Al interesting and useful are Dundes's col essays, AnalYl1 ssays in Folklore (T he Hague: Mouto 975 ) and Inlerpreting Folklore (Bloom' gton, Ind.: Indiana Universit ress, 1980), although the former volume ' too expensive for c1assr m use whereas the essays in choanalytic approach . the latter rely almos exclusively upon a Students are enco raged to seek 0 articles in the numerousfolklore journals which have bee publishe . Among the best known and most worthwhile of the Engli -lan age journals are: Journal of American Folklore (1888 ), Folk-Lore ( 0 ), Soutl1Crn Folklore ( 1937), Western Folklore (1947 ) [or ' in Iy California Folklore ( 1942)], KeystoneFolklore 956 ) , nluck y Folklore Record ( 1955 ) , Fabula (1957 ),Journa! ofFolklo Research (19 3) [originall y Journal of the Folklore Institute ( 1964) , ori 'nally Midwest Fol re ( 195 1), originally Hoosier Folklore Society Bull In ( 1942) ] , Folklore urn (1968 ) , Ind iana Folklore (1968 ) , and York Folkl ore (1975) [or inally N.ew York Folklore ( 194 ) ] . For a sting of folklore programs and cours offerings in North American niversities, see Ronald L. Baker, "Fol re and Folklife Studies ' American and Canadian Colleges and Universi [es ," Journal of Americ Folklorc 99( 1986 ): 50-74.

Chapter 1 On the Concepts of Folklore
Elliott Oring

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Although the word "folklore " is regularly employed in our everyday speech, its precise definition presents a problem. The term is clearly a compound made up of "folk," implying some group of people, who have something called " lore." In his prefatory essay to'Thc Study of Fol klore , the eminent folklorist Alan Dundes attempts to simplify the issue for the introduc tory student : '" Folk' can refer to any group ofpeople whatsoClicr who share at least one common factor .'" The...

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