Parsing through Customs: Essays by a Freudian Folklorist

Paperback | March 28, 2003

byAlan Dundes

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In these stimulating essays, Alan Dundes presents a history of psychoanalytic studies of folklore while also showing how folklore methodology can be used to clarify and validate psychoanalytic theory. Dundes’ work is unique in its symbolic analysis of the ordinary imagination. His data are children’s games, folktales, everyday speech, cultural metaphors for power and prestige, and rituals associated with childbirth.

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In these stimulating essays, Alan Dundes presents a history of psychoanalytic studies of folklore while also showing how folklore methodology can be used to clarify and validate psychoanalytic theory. Dundes’ work is unique in its symbolic analysis of the ordinary imagination. His data are children’s games, folktales, everyday speech, ...

Alan Dundes (1934–2005) was professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of California, Berkeley, and published ten books with the University of Wisconsin Press, including The Vampire: A Casebook; The Blood Libel Legend; and Cinderella: A Casebook. He was also the editor of Recollecting Freud by Isidor Sadger.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:March 28, 2003Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299112640

ISBN - 13:9780299112646

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"More than just calling for a methodological awakening, it presents a number of case studies . . . all of which are evocatively and convincingly illuminated through the psychoanalytic perspective."—New York Times Book Review