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Pathfinder for English 3540: American Folklore and Literature

Revised 10/2018


Use these databases to find academic/peer-reviewed articles on your topic, many in full-text, all accessible off-campus by password.

Academic Search Complete
Humanities Full Text
Literature Resource Center
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Reference Collection

American Folklore: an encyclopedia/ ed. Jan Harold Brunvand. New York: Garland, 1996.
Ref GR101 A54 1996

Ariadne’s Thread: a guide to international tales found in classical literature/ William Hansen. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2002.
Ref GR74.6 H35 2002

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends/ Jan Harold Brunvand. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2001.
Ref GR105.34 B78 2001

Folklore: an encyclopedia of beliefs, customs, tales, music and art/ed. Thomas A. Green. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 1997.
Ref GR35 F63 1997

Medieval Folklore: an encyclopedia of myths, legends, tales, beliefs, and customs/ ed. Carl Lindahl et al. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2000.
Ref GR35 M43 2000

Electronic  Books

A Companion to Folklore/ Regina Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem. Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Explaining Traditions/ Simon J. Bronner. Lexington: U Press of Kentucky, 2011.

Food for the Dead/ Michael Bell. Middletown CN: Wesleyan U Press, 2011.

Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction/ Jason Harris. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.

The Individual and Tradition/ Ray Cashman et al. Bloomington: Indiana U Press, 2011.

Living Folklore/ Martha Sims. Logan UT: USU Press, 2011.

Looking for Lost Lore/ George E. Lankford. Tuscaloosa:  University of Alabama Press, 2008.

Newslore/ Russell Frank. Jackson: U Press of Mississippi, 2011.

 “Proverbs Speak Louder than Words”/ Wolfgang Mieder. NY: Peter Lang, 2008.


Circulating Collection

Breaking the Magic Spell: radical theories of folk and fairy tales/ Jack Zipes. Lexington: U Press of Kentucky, 2002.
GR74 Z56 2002

Clever Maids: the secret history of the Grimm fairy tales/ Valarie Paradiz. New York: Basic, 2005.
GR55 G75 P37

Cycles of Influence: fiction, folktale, theory/ Stephen Benson. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2003.
GR41.3 B46 2003

Folklore, memoirs, and other writings/ Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Library of American, 1995.
GR55 H86 A3 1995

International Folkloristics: classic contributions by the founders of folklore/ ed. Alan Dundes. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.
GR71 I46 1999

Little Red Riding Hood: a casebook/ ed. Alan Dundes. Madison: U of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
GR75 L56 L58 1989

Living Folklore/ Martha Sims. Logan UT:  USU Press, 2011 
GR45 S56 2011

The Meaning of Folklore: the analytical essays of Alan Dundes/ed. Simon J. Bronner. Logan: Utah State UP: 2007.
GR71 D86 2007

Myth: a very short introduction/ Robert Alan Segal. New York: OUP, 2004.
BL304 S444 2004

Myth, Ritual, and the Oral/ Jack Goody.  New York: Cambridge U Press, 2010.
GR72.3 G66 2010

Touch Magic: fantasy, faerie & folklore in the literature of childhood/ Jane Yolen. Little Rock: August House, 2000.
GR43 C4 Y64 2000

The Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story/ Jan Harold Brunvand. Urbana: U of Illinois Press, 2001.
GR 105 B716 2001

The library has a variety of folk tales and fairy tales from different cultures and countries: access the Madonna Library Catalog to find material on these subjects, select “Subject” and use the term “Tales” or “Fairy Tales”


Revised 07/2019


To locate full text electronic journals, click “Journals” on the library home page and search by journal title, or browse e-journals by subject, select “Social Sciences” and click on “search.”  Under the first bullet “Anthropology” you will find “Folklore” with its (25) titles.  Above and below “Folklore” you will find journals in a variety of other related subject areas.

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The following Websites are recommended:

The American Folklore Society (professional home of folklorists and folklife scholars)

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Culture Heritage (provides links to Smithsonian Folklife festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives)

StoryCorps: the conversation of a lifetime (this nonprofit site contains tens of thousands of interviews conducted by family and friends, begun in 2003)

Michigan State University Museum (under “Research & Collections” access Cultural & Folk Art Collection.  Look under “Exhibitions” for Traveling Exhibition Service)

The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress (national clearinghouse for folklife services with numerous guides – e.g. “Folklife Resources for Educators” and links)

National Endowment for the Arts Folk & Traditional Art Resources (links to numerous folklore and traditional arts program sites)

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts (compiled by retired University of Pittsburgh Professor D.L Ashliman, this site contains full text variants of narratives, arranged alphabetically by title, category, and theme.  Additional links to a large range of folklore related sites provided at the bottom of the page, updated to 2011)

Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales and Stories (constructed and maintained by Zvi Har’El of the Mathematics Department of the Israel Institute of Technology (“ Technion”), with introductory notes, annotations, and photographs)

Tales Collected by the Brothers Grimm (project funded by the Memorial University of Newfoundland and directed by William Barker, now President of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Berea College Sound Archives (the Appalachian Sound Archives of non-commercial sound and video recordings)


Revised 06/2017

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