The Dynamics of Folklore

Revised and Expanded Edition

by Barre Toelken

"The Dynamics Of Folklore is a benchmark body of scholarship and essential reading for any serious folklorist."

—Midwest Book Review

 

One of the most comprehensive and widely praised introductions to folklore ever written, Toelken's discussion of the history and meaning of folklore is delivered in straightforward language, easily understood definitions, and a wealth of insightful and entertaining examples.

Toelken emphasizes dynamism and variety in the vast array of folk expressions he examines, from "the biology of folklore," to occupational and ethnic lore, food ways, holidays, personal experience narratives, ballads, myths, proverbs, jokes, crafts, and others. Chapters are followed by bibliographical essays, and over 100 photographs illustrate the text. This new edition is accessible to all levels of folklore study and an essential text for classroom instruction.

 

Barre Toelken was a longtime director of the Utah State University Folklore Program. He also held positions on the Folk Arts Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and in the American Folklore Society, Western Folklife Center, and American Folklife Center. He has edited Northwest Folklore, the Journal of American Folklore, and Western Folklore.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $33.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-203-7
  • Ebook Price: $25.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $5.99
  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-325-6
  • Publication Year: 1996
  • Pages: 456
  • Illustrations: 100 photographs
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Barre Toelken
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87421-203-7