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Folklore Rules
Lynne S. McNeill
5½ x 8½, 100 pages
published: 2013

ISBN 978-0-87421-905-0
cloth $24.95s

ISBN 978-0-87421-906-7
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Lynne S. McNeill, PhD, is an instructor and director of online development for the folklore program at Utah State University and co-founder of and faculty advisor for the USU Folklore Society.

Folklore Rules

A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of
Academic Folklore Studies

Lynne S. McNeill

This simple, straightforward handbook gives students essential background on the current study of folklore and its basic concepts and questions. It will be useful for a variety of classes that do not allow for a full introduction or focus solely on the field—film and folklore, literature and folklore, or introduction to cultural/comparative studies.
—Martha Sims, Ohio State University

Folklore Rules is a brief introduction to the foundational concepts in folklore studies for beginning students. Designed to give essential background on the current study of folklore and some of the basic concepts and questions used when analyzing folklore, this short, coherent, and approachable handbook is divided into five chapters: What Is Folklore?; What Do Folklorists Do?; Types of Folklore; Types of Folk Groups; and, finally, What Do I Do Now?

Through these chapters students are guided toward a working understanding of the field, learn basic terms and techniques, and learn to perceive the knowledge base and discourse frame for materials used in folklore courses. Folklore Rules will appeal to instructors and students for a variety of courses, including introductory folklore and comparative studies as well as literature, anthropology, and composition classes that include a folklore component.