The Individual and Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives

The Individual and Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives


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Profiles of artists and performers from around the world form the basis of this innovative volume that explores the many ways individuals engage with, carry on, revive, and create tradition. Leading scholars in folklore studies consider how the field has addressed the connections between performer and tradition and examine theoretical issues involved in fieldwork and the analysis and dissemination of scholarship in the context of relationships with the performers. Honoring Henry Glassie and his remarkable contributions to the field of folklore, these vivid case studies exemplify the best of performer-centered ethnography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253223739
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 09/21/2011
Series: Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, Indiana University Series
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ray Cashman is Associate Professor of English and Folklore Studies at Ohio State University and author of Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border (IUP, 2008).

Tom Mould is Associate Professor of Anthropology and director of PERCS, the Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies, at Elon University. He is author of Choctaw Prophecy: A Legacy of the Future and Choctaw Tales.

Pravina Shukla is Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington and author of The Grace of Four Moons (IUP, 2007).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Individual and Tradition
Ray Cashman, Tom Mould, and Pravina Shukla

Entering Tradition: Kim Ellington, Catawba Valley Potter
Charles G. Zug

Delight in Skill: The Stone Carvers' Art
Marjorie Hunt

The "Talking Machine Story Teller": Cal Stewart and the Remediation of Storytelling
Richard Bauman

Chief Ovia Idah: Bricoleur of Benin City and a Star for All Times
Philip M. Peek

Place Matters: A Wooden Boat Builder in the Twenty-First Century
Maggie Holtzberg

A Backdoor into Performance
Tom Mould

The Maintenance of Heritage: Kersti Jobs-Björklöf and Swedish Folk Costume
Pravina Shukla

The World of Ogre-Tile Makers: The Onihyaku Line in Hekinan, Japan
Takashi Takahara

Bringing Them Back: Wanda Aragon and the Revival of Historic Pottery Designs at Acoma
Karen M. Duffy

Artistic Courage in Small Groups: Identity, Intermediality, and Indian Country
Michael Robert Evans

Navigating the Legends of Treasure Island: Narrative, Maps, and the Material
Greg Kelley

Fluid Identities: Madame d'Aulnoy, Mother Bunch, and Fairy-Tale History
Jennifer Schacker

Counting the Stars: The Study of Creativity on a Human Scale, or How a Bunch of Cajun and German Farmers and Fabricators in Louisiana Invented a Traditional Amphibious Boat
John Laudun

On Middle-Range Structures in Heroic Epic
William Hansen

The Role of Tradition in the Individual: At Work in Donegal with Packy Jim McGrath
Ray Cashman

Customizing Myth: The Personal in the Public
John Holmes McDowell

David Drake: Potter, Poet, Rebel
John Michael Vlach

The Mother's Voice: An Analysis of the Content of Turkish Lullabies
Ilhan Başgöz

Contested Performance and Joke Aesthetics
Elliott Oring

Vernacular Interpretation in a Public Folklore Event: Listening to the Call of Florida Fiddlers, Three
Gregory Hansen

Georgia Decoy Maker Ernie Mills: A Folk Artist Defines His Work
John A. Burrison

Rapid Transportation
Lee Haring

Working Through Tradition: Rug Farming In Anatolia
George Jevremović

A Few of My Favorite Things about North Carolina Pottery
Mark Hewitt

That's Where I Came In: Henry and His Teachers
Robert Cochran

At the Black Pig's Dyke and Other Writing: Crossing Borders of Art and Tradition
Vincent Woods

A Folklorist's Work: Henry Glassie's Life in the Field
Ray Cashman, Tom Mould, and Pravina Shukla


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