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Chicago Folklore Prize Recipients

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First awarded in 1928, the Chicago Folklore Prize, awarded to the author(s) of the best book-length work of folklore scholarship for the year, is the oldest international award recognizing excellence in folklore scholarship. Occasionally, a joint recipient or a second-place recipient are also selected. The prize is offered jointly by the American Folklore Society and the University of Chicago.

From its inception, the administrators and judges for the prize have interpreted "folklore” in a broad and inclusive sense, and winners have traditionally come from the fields of folklore study, cultural studies, ethnomusicology, literary study, anthropology, sociology, cultural geography, and dance ethnology. The recent recipients of the prize provide a sense of the disciplinary range represented in the competition.

1998: Jane Sugarman. Engendering Song: Singing and the Social Order at Prespa Albanian Weddings (University of Chicago Press). Second place: Regina Bendix. In Search of Authenticity: The Formation of Folklore Studies (University of Wisconsin Press)

1999: Susan Slyomovics. The Object of Memory: Arab and Jew Narrate the Palestinian Village (University of Pennsylvania Press). Second place: Harold Scheub. Story (University of Wisconsin Press)

2000: Glenn Hinson. Fire in My Bones: Transcendence and the Holy Spirit in African American Gospel (University of Pennsylvania Press). Second place: John D. Niles. Homo Narrans: The Poetics and Anthropology of Oral Tradition (University of Pennsylvania Press)

2001: Daniel W. Patterson. A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillon and Stories of Frankie Silver (University of North Carolina Press)

2002: Linda Dégh. Legend and Belief: Dialectics of a Folklore Genre (Indiana University Press)

2003: Bill C. Malone. Don't Get Above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class (University of Illinois Press)

2004: Enrique R. Lamadrid. Hermanitos Comanchitos: Indo-Hispano Rituals of Captivity and Redemption (University of New Mexico Press); and Barre Toelken. The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West (Utah State University Press)

2005: Marcia Gaudet. Carville: Remembering Leprosy in America (University Press of Mississippi)

2006: Jo Farb Hernández. Forms of Tradition in Contemporary Spain (University Press of Mississippi)

2007: Cristina Bacchilega. Legendary Hawai’i and the Politics of Place: Tradition, Translation, and Tourism (University of Pennsylvania Press); and James P. Leary. Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music (Oxford University Press)

2008: Felicia R. McMahon. Not Just Child's Play: Emerging Tradition and the Lost Boys of Sudan (University Press of Mississippi)

2009: Ray Cashman. Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border (Indiana University Press); and Michael Dylan Foster. Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai (University of California Press)

2010: David Delgado Shorter, We Will Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History in Yoeme Performances (University of Nebraska Press).


2011: Amira Mittermaier, Dreams That Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination (University of California Press)



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