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

By Jan Harold Brunvand

Includes over 500 articlesRanging over foodways and folksongs, quiltmaking and machine lore, Pecos invoice, Butch Cassidy, and Elvis sightings, greater than 500 articles highlight people literature, tune, and crafts activities and vacation trips tall stories and mythical figures genres and varieties 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 specified surveys, each one followed via a short, up to date bibliography.

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The growth mushroomed so quickly that shortly after the Civil War conservationists banded together in efforts to protect the tourist industry from logging interests that were encroaching from the northern Adirondacks. The heyday of tourism spanned more than three decades, from A-Z 9 1875 to 1910. In 1900, for example, a quarter of a million people visited the Adirondacks in the summer months alone. Many of these either rented camps, stayed in luxurious hotels, or vacationed in their own camp. In the late 1870s, the area around Saranac Lake began to be touted for its healthy air.

Norton, pp. 502–528. American folklore 4 Academic Programs in Folklore Folklore programs in the United States and Canada. Folklore courses were introduced at several North American universities in the 1920s and 1930s, and in 1940 Ralph Steele Boggs established the first degree-granting program in folklore, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which remains a center for the study of folklore. A. degree and a doctoral minor, the curriculum in folklore at North Carolina is designed primarily for graduate students, though undergraduates may create an interdisciplinary degree with a concentration in folklore.

Boggs, Ralph Steele. 1940. Folklore in University Curricula in the United States. Southern Folklore Quarterly 4:93–109. Bronner, Simon. 1991. A Prophetic Vision of Public and Academic Folklife: Alfred Shoemaker and America’s First Department of Folklore. Folklore Historian 8:38–55. Bynum, David E. 1974. Child’s Legacy Enlarged: Oral Literary Studies at Harvard since 1856. In Four Generations of Oral Literary Studies at Harvard University. Publications of the Milman Parry Collection. Cambridge: Center for the Study of Oral Literature, Harvard University.

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