The Meaning of Folklore

The Analytical Essays of Alan Dundes

by Alan Dundes, edited and introduced by Simon J. Bronner

Runner-up for the 2009 Wayland Hand Award for Folklore and History

"A perfectly structured and presented volume of the life's work of a truly remarkable genius of folklore studies and beyond."

—Wolfgang Mieder, The University of Vermont

"A folkloric feast."
—William F. Hansen, Indiana University

"A finely composed collection of scholarly and provocative essays of the preeminent folklorist, Dundes. His analyses will continue to contribute to the theoretical debates within folklore studies and will inspire new generations of folklorists and European ethnologists."
—Peter Jan Margry, Meertens Institute, The Netherlands

"A fascinating journey revealing the hidden meaning of folklore items and genres, brilliantly analyzed with an outstanding analytical ability, breadth of knowledge, and love of subject. This volume is a must for folklorists, anthropologists and scholars of cultural studies in general."
—Haya Bar-Itzhak, University of Haifa, Israel

"Every folklorist must read it!"
—Peddarapu Chenna Reddy, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, India

"The editorial apparatus represents the work of a professional who knows the mind and impact of Dundes as well as anyone can."
—Ronald L. Baker, Indiana State University


The essays of Alan Dundes virtually created the meaning of folklore as an American academic discipline. Yet many of them went quickly out of print after their initial publication in far-flung journals. Brought together for the first time in this volume compiled and edited by Simon Bronner, the selection surveys Dundes's major ideas and emphases, and is introduced by Bronner with a thorough analysis of Dundes's long career, his interpretations, and his inestimable contribution to folklore studies.


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Simon J. Bronner is Coordinator of the American Studies Doctoral Program, Director of the Doctoral American Studies Program, and Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Hardcover Price: $56.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-87421-683-7
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  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Pages: 460
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  • Author: by Alan Dundes, edited and introduced by Simon J. Bronner
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