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Folklore: Selected Essays is a book that will interest not only professional folklorists but also the scholars in language and literature, anthropologists, sociologists, pyschologists, and others who are continually asking "What is folklore?" After demonstrating the interaction of folklore with other disciplines—anthropology, ethnology, sociology, literature, linguistics, and cultural geography, among others—Professor Dorson analyzes the skills of the folklorist and the practice of folklore in a new setting, the urban area. In other essays, he discusses the folk aesthetic, reinterprets the concepts of myth and legend, explores the relation of folklore and history, and considers the academic future of folklore.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Introduction: Folklore and Other Fields
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  1. 1. Techniques of the Folklorist
  2. pp. 11-32
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  1. 2. Is There a Folk in the City?
  2. pp. 33-79
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  1. 3. Esthetic Form in British and American Folk Narrative
  2. pp. 80-98
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  1. 4. Oral Styles of American Folk Narrators
  2. pp. 99-146
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  1. 5. Theories of Myth and the Folklorist
  2. pp. 147-158
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  1. 6. Legends and Tall Tales
  2. pp. 159-176
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  1. 7. How Shall We Rewrite Charles M. Skinner Today?
  2. pp. 177-198
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  1. 8. The Debate over the Trustworthiness of Oral Traditional History
  2. pp. 199-224
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  1. 9. History of the Elite and History of the Folk
  2. pp. 225-259
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  1. 10. American Folklorists in Britain
  2. pp. 260-294
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  1. 11. The Academic Future of Folklore
  2. pp. 295-304
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  1. Index
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