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ERIC Number: ED063300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 170
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The Voice of the Folk: Folklore and American Literary Theory.
Bluestein, Gene
A study of relationships between folklore and American literary theory is presented. The underlying commitment of all the figures and groups represented is based on sophisticated insights into the nature of language, literature, social structure, and political philosophy; and in a contemporary context, the traditions discussed illuminate the meaning of American art and life. Six chapters are presented. In Chapter One, Folklore and Ideology, is discussed the nature of the relationship between national literary traditions and the body of folk literature produced by an unsophisticated people. Chapter Two, the Emerson-Whitman Tradition: Emerson, concerns itself with an esthetic formulation in Emerson's thought which made it possible to use the resources of folk tradition in such a way as to avoid reproducing archaic forms. Chapter Three, The Emerson-Whitman Tradition: Whitman, points out that Whitman's intellectual commitment to the idea of progress was a check against antiquarianism or outright primitivism. In Chapter Four, Folklore and the American Character, the question of form in relation to American literature is discussed. Chapter Five, The Sources of American Folksong, concerns itself with the position of critics with regard to the history of American folksongs. In Chapter Six, The Blues as a Literary Theme, points out there is a special relationship between the Negro and the American experience in general. This chapter concerns itself with the use of Negro folklore and folksong in more recent works. An epilogue and appendix are included. (Author/CK)
University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002 ($9.00)
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Identifiers: Emerson (Ralph Waldo); Whitman (Walter)