Over thirty scholars examine the development of folklore studies
through the lens of over one hundred years of significant activity
in a state that has provided grist for the mills of many prominent
folklorists. In the past the Folklore Society of Utah has examined
the work of such scholars in biographical and other essays
published in its newsletters. This book incorporates those essays
and goes well beyond them to include many other topices, offering a
thorough history of folklore studies and a guide to resources for
those pursuing research in Utah now and in the future.
The essays survey the development and contributions of folklore
studies in Utah from 1892 to 2004 but also represent developments
in both academic and public-sector folklore throughout the United
States. Following a thorough historical introduction, part I
profiles the first folklorists working in the state, including
Hector Lee, Thomas Cheney, Austin and Alta Fife, Wayland Hand, and
Lester Hubbard. Part II looks at the careers of prominent Utah
folklorists Jan Harold Brunvand, Barre Toelken, and William B.
Wilson, as well as the works of the next, current generation of
folklorists. Part III covers studies in major folklore genres, with
essays on the study of material culture, vernacular architecture,
and Mormon, ethnic, Native American, and Latino folklore. Part IV
examines public folklore programs including organizations,
conferences, and tourism. Back matter describes academic programs
at Utah institutions of higher education, summarizes the holdings
of the various folklore archives in the state, and provides a
complete cross-indexed bibliography of articles, books, and
recordings of Utah folklore.
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology
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