Folklore Genres

By: Dan Ben-Amos (Edited by)

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AO3 - A first paperback printing book in very good condition that has some bumped corners, scattered wrinkling, rubbing, scratches, crease, fading and scuffing on the cover, some wrinkling and chpping on the cover edges, sides and corners, light discoloration and shelf wear. American Folklore Society Bibliographical and Special Series, Vol. 26. 9"x6", 291 pages. Satisfaction Guaranteed. The essays in Folklore Genres represent development in folklore genre studies, diverging into literary, ethnographic, and taxonomic questions. The study as a whole is concerned with the concept of genre and with the history of genre theory. A selective bibliography provides a guide to analytical and theoretical works on the topic. The literary-oriented articles conceive of folklore forms, not as the antecedents of literary genres, but as complex, symbolically rich expressions. The ethnographically oriented articles, as well as those dealing with classification problems, reveal dimensions of folklore that are often obscured from the student reading the folklore text alone. It has long been known that the written page is but a pale reproduction of the spoken word, that a tale hardly reflects the telling. The essays in this collection lead to an understanding of the forms of oral literature as multidimensional symbols of communication and to an understanding of folklore genres as systematically related conceptual categories in culture. What kinship terms are to social structure, genre terms are to folklore. Since genres constitute recognized modes of folklore speaking, their terminology and taxonomy can play a major role in the study of culture and society.

Title: Folklore Genres

Author: Dan Ben-Amos (Edited by)

Categories: Folklore & Mythology,

Publisher: Austin, Texas, University of Texas Press: 1981

ISBN: 0292724373

ISBN 13: 9780292724372

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Book ID: ec51687