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This is a list of most important college-level folklore textbooks published in the last 30 years. The edited volumes on this list contain essays by many folklorists.


Bauman, Richard, ed. Folklore, Cultural Performances, and Popular Entertainments: A Communications-Centered Handbook. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Bronner, Simon J., ed. Folk Nation: Folklore in the Creation of American Tradition. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

Bronner, Simon J., ed. American Material Culture and Folklife. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1992.

Brunvand, Jan Harold. The Study of American Folklore. 4th edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998.

---, ed. Readings in American Folklore. New York: W.W. Norton, 1979.

Dorson, Richard, ed. Folklore and Folklife: An Introduction. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.

---. Handbook of American Folklore. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986.

Dundes, Alan. Interpreting Folklore. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980.

---, ed. The Study of Folklore. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1965.

---, ed. International Folkloristics: Classic Contributions by the Founders of Folklore. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 1999.

Fine, Elizabeth. The Folklore Text: From Performance to Print. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1984, 1994.

Georges, Robert, and Michael Owen Jones. Folkloristics: An Introduction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.

Oring, Elliott, ed. Folk Groups and Folklore Genres: An Introduction. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1986.

     , ed. Folk Groups and Folklore Genres: A Reader. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1989.

Sims, Martha, and Martine Stephens. Living Folklore: An Introduction to the Study of People and Their Traditions. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2005.

Toelken, Barre. The Dynamics of Folklore. 2nd Edition. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1996.

Vlach, John Michael and Simon J. Bronner, eds. Folk Art and Art Worlds. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1992.

Yoder, Don, ed. American Folklife. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1976.



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