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New Folklore Historian Focuses on Oral and Institutional Histories

Friday, October 5, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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Folklore Historian V. 28 coverA Note from the Editor:

Oral history, biography, and institutional history receive attention with this volume of the Folklore Historian.  Simon Bronner in his article on the Collecting Memories: Voices in Print digital collection suggests why few oral histories of folklorists have been published and what they do contribute to our knowledge of folklore history, folklore futures, and folklorists’ motivations and life’s work.  Additionally, we publish portions of an interview conducted for the Collecting Memories project with Randy Williams and Barre Toelken.  This interview shares the anecdotes, actual fieldwork techniques, and personal knowledge of the field noted in Bronner’s article.  

I am delighted that this volume includes two papers associated with the 2010 AFS forum "Folklore’s ‘Greatest Generation’: Reflections on the Past and Future of Folklore Studies” organized by Bronner and sponsored by the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.  Michael Owen Jones’s detailed, thoughtful institutional history of the UCLA Folklore and Mythology Center and Program should be required reading for graduate students and all folklorists who need to foster and maintain institutional ties for their folklore work.  Lee Haring’s tribute to Francis Lee Utley confirms the possibilities for folklore study when an astute scholar understands how to work across disciplines, departments, and fields.  All of these contributions indicate, the study of traditional expression serves best when the knowledge of traditional expressivity honors the voice of the people.

-- Jill Terry Rudy, Editor
Brigham Young University


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