By Simon J. Bronner
This energetic reader strains the hunt for American culture and nationwide id via folklore and folklife from the nineteenth century to the current. via an attractive set of essays, Folk Nation exhibits how American thinkers and leaders have used folklore to precise the that means in their country.
Simon Bronner has rigorously chosen statements through public intellectuals and renowned writers in addition to by way of students, all selected for his or her clarity and value as provocative texts in the course of their time. the typical thread operating all through is the price of folklore in expressing or denying an American nationwide tradition.
This textual content increases well timed matters concerning the personality of yank tradition and the course of yank society. The essays exhibit the improvement of perspectives of yankee nationalism, multiculturalism, and commercialism. Provocative themes contain debates over the connection among pop culture and folks tradition, the distinctiveness of an American literature and humanities in accordance with people assets, the fabrication of people heroes resembling Pecos invoice and Paul Bunyan as propaganda for patriotism and nationalism, the romanticizations of vernacular tradition by way of popularizers akin to Walt Disney and Ben Botkin, using folklore for ethnocentric reasons, and the political deployment of folklore through conservatives as trademarks of 'traditional values' and civil virtues and by way of liberals as trademarks of multiculturalism and tolerance of different lifestyles.
The publication additionally strains the debate over who conveyed the parable of 'America.' was once it the nation's poets and artists, its lecturers, its politicians and leaders, its groups and native academic associations, its subject parks and gala's, its motion picture moguls and entertainers? people country exhibits how the method of defining the yankee mystique via folklore was once on the middle of debates between writers and thinkers in regards to the worth of Davey Crockett, John Henry, quilts, cowboys, and immigrants as symbols of the USA.
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Folk Nation: Folklore in the Creation of American Tradition by Simon J. Bronner