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Buying the Wind: Regional Folklore in the United States epub ebook

by Richard M. Dorson

Buying the Wind: Regional Folklore in the United States epub ebook

Author: Richard M. Dorson
Category: Mythology & Folk Tales
Language: English
Publisher: University of Chicago Press (August 15, 1972)
Pages: 592 pages
ISBN: 0226158624
ISBN13: 978-0226158624
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 386
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Aiolos (also spelled "Aeolus") in Book X of the Odyssey gives Odysseus and his crew a bag of winds that is supposed to fix the doldrums by getting a ship out of irons, but the unfortunate crew opens the bag, thereby blowing everyone back to the original port of origin. The book is especially strong as an introduction to the variety of folklore found in America's diverse regions, and the extensive bibliography is an excellent resource for readers who wish to delve into more specific collections of folklore within each of these regions. 5 people found this helpful.

1967: American Negro Folktales. a b c d Guide to the Richard Dorson papers in the Lilly Library. 1968: Peasant Customs and Savage Myths: Selections from the British Folklorists. Nichols, Amber M. Richard M. Dorson Archived June 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Minnesota State University, Mankato eMuseum. a b Michigan State University. Michigan Heritage Awards 2003. Michigan Traditional Arts Program.

In 1957, Richard M. Dorson replaced Stith Thompson as the head of folklore studies at Indiana University, establishing himself as a major scholar and perhaps the foremost influence in the field. Dorson is often called the father of American folklore.

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Dorson provides a great variety of stories that are well-worth reading, and they could provide the basis for further study.

Aiolos (also spelled "Aeolus") in Book X of the Odyssey gives Odysseus and his crew a bag of winds that is supposed to fix the doldrums by getting a ship out of irons, but the unfortunate crew opens the bag, thereby blowing everyone back to the original port of origin. Dorson provides a great variety of stories that are well-worth reading, and they could provide the basis for further study.

This anthology of regional folklore displays the abundance, humor, and continuing vigor of the American oral tradition. The collection explores rich and distinctive lore of Maine Down-Easters, Pennsylvania Dutchmen, Southern mountaineers, Louisiana Cajuns, Illinois Egyptians, Southwest Mexicans, and Utah Mormons.

Folklore United States, More about the author(s): Richard Mercer Dorson was born in 1916

Folklore United States, More about the author(s): Richard Mercer Dorson was born in 1916. Download more by: Richard Mercer Dorson.

1939: Davy Crocket, American Comic Legend. 1946: Jonathan Draws the Long Bow. 1950: America Begins. 1952: Bloodstoppers and Bearwalkers (reprinted by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2008). 1953: American Rebels: Personal narratives of the American Revolution. 1967: American Negro Folktales.

This anthology of regional folklore displays the abundance, humor, and continuing vigor of the American oral tradition. The collection explores rich and distinctive lore of Maine Down-Easters, Pennsylvania Dutchmen, Southern mountaineers, Louisiana Cajuns, Illinois Egyptians, Southwest Mexicans, and Utah Mormons. Their tales, songs, riddles, proverbs, games, superstitions, and customs provide a wealth of living folklore presented here as it was recorded in the field. And this unvarnished folklore fact—retains the spicy flavor of authentic narrative, told in the vernacular of the skillful folk storyteller.
Reviews (2)
Urllet
First book on folklore, it is a good text, full with essays that will take you into other directions that you can explore.

Froststalker
"Buying the Wind" is an ancient motif from folk literature that shows up most prominently in Homer's epics. Aiolos (also spelled "Aeolus") in Book X of the Odyssey gives Odysseus and his crew a bag of winds that is supposed to fix the doldrums by getting a ship out of irons, but the unfortunate crew opens the bag, thereby blowing everyone back to the original port of origin. Aiolos is not pleased with them and thinks that Odysseus and company are cursed. He refuses to replace the gift with a new one, and he sends them on their way. Dorson shows that this fixed bit of narrative, along with numerous motifs and tale-types, remain part of contemporary folklore. The book consists of actual tales culled from oral traditions and introductory commentary that provides a context for understanding these examples of American folklore within various regional contexts. The book emphasizes folktales and legends, but there are also good examples of proverbs, riddles, customs, and a wide variety of folk expression. The book is especially strong as an introduction to the variety of folklore found in America's diverse regions, and the extensive bibliography is an excellent resource for readers who wish to delve into more specific collections of folklore within each of these regions.

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