American Folklore: An Encyclopedia (Garland Reference by Jan Harold Brunvand

By Jan Harold Brunvand

Comprises over 500 articlesRanging over foodways and folksongs, quiltmaking and laptop lore, Pecos invoice, Butch Cassidy, and Elvis sightings, greater than 500 articles highlight people literature, tune, and crafts activities and vacations tall stories and mythical figures genres and kinds scholarly ways and theories areas and ethnic teams performers and creditors writers and students non secular ideals and practices. The alphabetically prepared entries range from concise definitions to special surveys, every one followed via a short, up to date bibliography.

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A-Z 3 Faculty folklore focuses more on the humor, irony, and occasional disappointments in the life behind the lectern than it does on anxiety and fun. Although there are some jokes about students—like the young woman who says she will “do anything” for a grade and is then told by the professor to try studying, or the joke about the student who almost chokes to death trying to swallow his “crib notes” at an examination—professorial traditions complain about the devices used for cheating on exams, the range of excuses given for being absent (it is noted cynically that final examination week is extremely dangerous for the elderly, since so many grandmothers die then), and the unwillingness of students to learn (teaching is characterized as “casting fake pearls before real swine”).

1975. Night Riders in Black Folk History. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. A-Z 17 ——. 1990. Stitched from the Soul: Slave Quilts from the Antebellum South. New York: Dutton Studio Books. Hughes, Langston, and Arna Bontemps, eds. 1958. The Book of Negro Folklore. New York: Dodd, Mead. Jones, Bessie, and Bess Lomax Hawes. 1972. Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage. Athens: University of Georgia Press. Kochman, Thomas. 1977. Rappin’ and Stylin’ Out: Communication in Urban Black America.

Levine, Lawrence W. 1977. Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Thought from Slavery to Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Major, Clarence. 1994. Juba to Jive: A Dictionary of Ajrican American Slang. New York: Penguin Books. Morgan, Kathryn J. 1980. Children of Strangers: The Stories of a Black Family. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Roberts, John W. 1989. From Trickster to Badman: The Black Folk Hero from Slavery to Freedom. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

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