International folkloristics is a worldwide discipline in which scholars study various forms of folklore ranging from myth, folktale, and legend to custom and belief. In this volume, twenty classic essays, beginning with a piece by Jacob Grimm, reveal the evolving theoretical underpinnings of folkloristics from its nineteenth century origins to its academic coming-of-age in the twentieth century.
Alan Dundes is known as one of the world's leading authorities on folklore. In more than 30 books he has unveiled the meanings in the oral traditions of many cultures. His most recent book is Holy Writ as Oral Lit: The Bible as Folklore (Rowman & Littlefield,1999). He lives in Berkeley, where he is professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of California.
Chapter 1 Circular Concerning the Collecting of Folk Poetry Chapter 2 Folk-Lore and the Origin of the Word Chapter 3 Request Chapter 4 An Angel Flew Through the Room Chapter 5 The Study of Folk-Lore Chapter 6 The Method of Julius Krohn Chapter 7 The Message of the Folk-Lorist Chapter 8 On the Need for a Bibliography of Folklore Chapter 9 A Dialogue in Gyergyo-Kilenyfalva Chapter 10 In Search of Folktales and Songs Chapter 11 Epic Laws of Folk Narrative Chapter 12 The Rites of Passage Chapter 13 The Principles of Sympathetic Magic Chapter 14 The Structure of Russian Fairy Tales Chapter 15 Observations on Folklore Chapter 16 Geography and Folk-Tale Oicotypes Chapter 17 Irish Tales and Story-Tellers Chapter 18 Symbolism in Dreams Chapter 19 Wedding Ceremonies in European Folklore Chapter 20 Strategy in Counting Out: An Ethnographic Folklore Field Study Chapter 21 Suggestions for Further Reading in the History of Folkloristics.