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New York State Folklife Reader: Diverse Voices

Monday, February 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Prep for the 2018 AFS Meeting in Buffalo! New in paperback, this collection is a great way to learn more about the unique contributions of New York and its folklorists to the field of folklore. The 2018 AFS Local Planning Committee is well represented in this volume, starting with editors Elizabeth Tucker and Ellen McHale.

To quote the University Press of Mississippi page for the New York State Folklife Reader,

“Unlike some folklore anthologies, New York State Folklife Reader does not follow an organizational plan based on regions or genres. Because the New York Folklore Society has always tried to 'give folklore back to the people,' the editors decided to divide the edited volume into sections about life processes that all New York state residents share. The book begins with five essays on various aspects of folk cultural memory: personal, family, community, and historical processes of remembrance expressed through narrative, ritual, and other forms of folklore. Following these essays, subsequent sections explore aspects of life in New York through the lens of Play, Work, Resistance, and Food.”

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