Dr. Daniel R. Barnes, professor of English and folklore at The Ohio State University (OSU), died Sunday, April 3, 2016. Born May 16, 1940, he taught folklore and literature classes in the English Department from 1967-1995. He also taught a very popular class on jokes—and was himself a very funny man. In 2014, the Center for Folklore Studies created the Daniel R. Barnes Prize, which is given annually to the year’s best folklore paper by an OSU undergraduate. Among his memorable folkloristic contributions are "The Bosom Serpent: A Legend in American Literature and Culture," JAF 85 (1972); "Folktale Morphology and the Structure of Beowulf," Speculum 45 (1970); and "An Early American Collection of Rogues' Cant," JAF 79 (1966).
This obituary was originally posted on Facebook on April 5, 2016, by Simon J. Bronner.