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Folklore Rules

A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies


Publication Year: 2013

Folklore Rules is a brief introduction to the foundational concepts in folklore studies for beginning students. Designed to give essential background on the current study of folklore and some of the basic concepts and questions used when analyzing folklore, this short, coherent, and approachable handbook is divided into five chapters: What Is Folklore?; What Do Folklorists Do?; Types of Folklore; Types of Folk Groups; and, finally, What Do I Do Now?

Through these chapters students are guided toward a working understanding of the field, learn basic terms and techniques, and learn to perceive the knowledge base and discourse frame for materials used in folklore courses. Folklore Rules will appeal to instructors and students for a variety of courses, including introductory folklore and comparative studies as well as literature, anthropology, and composition classes that include a folklore component.

Published by: Utah State University Press


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p. C-C

Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

The field of folklore studies has had a fascinating and complicated history, growing out of and blending several different established areas of study. It is also, for all its seeming simplicity, a very complicated field to sum up and explain; the fact that definitions...


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pp. xi-xii

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For the Instructor: Why You Want to Use This Book

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pp. xiii-xviii

A major issue in the teaching of folklore these days is that folklore programs are few and far between. Many folklorists are working not in dedicated folklore programs but in English, anthropology, history, or communications departments, and while that highlights the incredible interdisciplinarity of our field, it presents...

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Chapter 1: What Is Folklore?

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pp. 1-19

So, you’re in a folklore class. Good for you—whatever educational requirement this course is fulfilling for you, I guarantee you’ve picked the best possible way to fulfill it. Perhaps you’re in an Intro to Folklore course, or maybe you’re in a special-topics course: something like Folklore and Literature, Folklore and Film, Folklore...

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Chapter 2: What Do Folklorists Do?

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pp. 20-36

So, now you know what folklore is.1 Pretty neat, huh? There’s one more basic question to answer, though, before we start getting into some examples of folklore, and that’s what, exactly, do folklorists do when they study folklore? Just as many people have a vague and often incomplete sense of what folklore is, many people...

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Chapter 3: Types of Folklore

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pp. 37-64

Here’s what this chapter won’t do: this chapter isn’t here to give you numerous examples of folklore in the sense of giving you stories to read, customs to try, beliefs to learn about, or anything like that. You can go Google that stuff if you’re interested in it, or hit the library and find an interesting collection of folklore to...

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Chapter 4: Types of Folk Groups

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pp. 65-88

It may seem a bit arbitrary to pluck just a few random folk groups from the vast array of possibilities to talk about here, but too bad, because that’s what we’re going to do. There are some groups that folklorists have studied more than others, and it’s more likely that a student in a folklore class will have the opportunity to collect...

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Conclusion: What Do I Do Now?

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pp. 89-90

So, what should you do with your new understanding of folklore now that you’ve (almost) finished this book? Class assignments aside, the knowledge and skills of a folklorist are (perhaps surprisingly) quite useful in the real world, so let’s consider some ways in which you might use them....

About the Author

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pp. 91-92


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pp. 93-94

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780874219067
E-ISBN-10: 087421906X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874219050
Print-ISBN-10: 0874219051

Page Count: 112
Illustrations: 12
Publication Year: 2013