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Bruce A. Rosenberg (1934-2010)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate

Bruce Rosenberg leaves a lasting legacy through his writings on oral tradition, African American performance style, the culture of the American West, and through the many students he taught and mentored. Professor of English and American Civilization at Brown University, 1977-2000, Rosenberg also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, UC Santa Barbara, University of Virginia, and Penn State. He chaired the Program in American Civilization at Brown from 1977 to 1979 and again from 1983 to 1986. He was the author of eleven books, including Can These Bones Live? The Art of the American Folk Preacher (1975, 1988), Custer and the Epic of Defeat (1966), Folklore and Literature: Rival Siblings (1991), and with Mary Ellen Brown, The Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature (1998), as well as more than 60 articles. He was awarded fellowships by the Mellon Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Fulbright Foundation, the National Humanities Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Newbury Library. He received numerous awards, including the James Russell Lowell Prize in 1970 and the Chicago Folklore Prize in 1970 and 1976. He was a member of the American Folklore Society and the Modern Language Association. 

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