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## The American Century, Part I: Boas and His Contemporaries ##
Crane, T. F. 1888. The Diffusion of Popular Tales. _Journal of American Folklore_ 1(1): 8-15.
Boas, Franz. 1888. On Certain Songs and Dances of the Kwakiutl of British Columbia. _Journal of American Folklore_ 1(1): 49-64.
Fortier, Alcee. 1888. Customs and Superstitions in Louisiana. _Journal of American Folklore_ 1(2): 136-140.
Fortier, Alcee. 1888. Louisianian Nursery-Tales. _Journal of American Folklore_ 1(2): 140-145.
Mason, Otis. 1891. The Natural History of Folk-Lore. _Journal of American Folklore_ 4(13): 97-105.
Lomax, John. 1915. Some Types of American Folk-Song. _Journal of American Folklore_ 28(107): 1-17.
## The American Century, Part II: Two Paths ##
Thompson, Stith. 1938. American Folklore after Fifty Years. _Journal of American Folklore_, 51(199): 1-9.
Benedict, Ruth. 1934. The Science of Custom. Excerpted from _Patterns of Culture_, 1-20. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
Bunzel, Ruth. 1929. Excerpts from _The Pueblo Potter: A Study of Creative Imagination in Primitive Art_, 1-48. New York: Dover.
Bascom, William. 1954/1965. Four Functions of Folklore. In The Study of Folklore, 279-298. Ed. Alan Dundes. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall.
Thompson, Stith. 1955. Myths and Folktales. _Journal of American Folklore_ 68(270): 482-488.
Utley, Francis Lee. 1961. Folk Literature: An Operational Definition. _Journal of American Folklore_ 74: 193-206.
## Mid-Century Revisions and Refinements ##
Redfield, Robert. 1947. The Folk Society. _American Journal of Sociology_ 52(4): 293-308.
Bascom, William. 1953. Folklore and Anthropology. _Journal of American Folklore_ 66: 283-290.
Bascom, William. 1955. Verbal Art. _Journal of American Folklore_ 68(269): 245-252.
Jansen, William Hugh. 1959. The Esoteric-Exoteric Factor in Folklore. _Fabula_ 2: 205-211.
Dundes, Alan. 1962. From Etic to Emic in the Structural Study of Folktales. _Journal of American Folklore_ 75(296): 95-105
Lévi-Strauss, Claude. 1955. The Structural Study of Myth. _ Journal of American Folklore_ 68(270): 428-444.
Lévi-Strauss, Claude. 1978. Harelips and Twins: The Splitting of a Myth. In _Myth and Meaning_, 25-33. New York: Schocken Books.
Bascom, William. 1965. The Forms of Folklore: Prose Narratives. _Journal of American Folklore_ 78(307): 3-20.
## The Emergence of Performance ##
Burke, Kenneth. 1973/1941. _The Philosophy of Literary Form_. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. Pp. 293-304. [Link](http://johnlaudun.org/teaching/proseminar/burke-1941/).
Jakobson, Roman. 1960/1988. Linguistics and Poetics. In _Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader_, 32-61. Ed. David Lodge. New York: Longman.
Bauman, Richard. 1972. Differential Identity and the Social Base of Folklore. _Journal of American Folklore_ 84(331): 31-41. Also published as _Towards New Perspective in Folklore_. Ed. Americo Paredes and Richard Bauman. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Hymes, Dell. 1971. The Contribution of Folklore to Sociolinguistic Research. _ Journal of American Folklore_ 84(331): 42-50.
Hymes, Dell. 1981. Breakthrough into Performance. In _”In Vain I Tried to Tell You”: Essays in North American Ethnopoetics_, 79-141. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Bauman, Richard. 1975. Verbal Art as Performance. _American Anthropologist_ 77: 290-311.
Gossen, Gary. 1972. Chamula Genres of Verbal Behavior. In Toward New Perspectives in Folklore, 145-168. Ed. Americo Paredes and Richard Bauman. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Tedlock, Dennis. 1983. On the Translation of Style in Oral Narrative. In The Spoken Word and the Work of Interpretation, 31-61. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
## Folklore’s Futures ##
Stewart, Susan. 1991. Notes on Distressed Genres. _Journal of American Folklore_ 104(411): 5–31.
Bronner, Simon. 1988. Art, Performance, and Praxis: The Rhetoric of Contemporary Folklore Studies. Western Folklore 47: 75-102.
## Things Every Folklorist Knows ##
Bogatyrev, Petr and Roman Jakobson. 1982 (1929). Folklore as a Special Form of Creativity. In _The Prague School: Selected Writings_, 1929-1946, 32-46. Ed. P. Steiner. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Ben-Amos, Dan. 1976. Analytical Categories and Ethnic Genres. In _Folklore Genres_, 215-242. Ed. Dan Ben-Amos. Austin: University of Texas Press.