... 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.
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 References Notes