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  • Crossing the Lineby Simon J. Bronner

    Amsterdam University Press 2006; US$ 12.50

    Lively analyses on the changing meanings of elaborate ceremonies when crossing the equator more...

  • Explaining Traditionsby Simon J. Bronner

    The University Press of Kentucky 2011; US$ 50.00

    Why do humans hold onto traditions? Many pundits predicted that modernization and the rise of a mass culture would displace traditions, especially in America, but cultural practices still bear out the importance of rituals and customs in the development of identity, heritage, and community. In Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture... more...

  • Killing Traditionby Simon J. Bronner

    The University Press of Kentucky 2009; US$ 40.00

    Is hunting a bygone activity, out of touch with modern life; or is it valuable as an escape from it? Does hunting promote violence, not just to animals, but to humans as well? Is hunting, with its connection to the land and frontier experience, a heritage worth preserving? These questions form the foundations for discussion in Killing Tradition: Inside... more...

  • Campus Traditionsby Simon J. Bronner

    University Press of Mississippi 2012; US$ 175.00

    From their beginnings, campuses emerged as hotbeds of traditions and folklore. American college students inhabit a culture with its own slang, stories, humor, beliefs, rituals, and pranks. Simon J. Bronner takes a long, engaging look at American campus life and how it is shaped by students and at the same time shapes the values of all who pass through... more...

  • Folk Nationby Simon J. Bronner

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2002; US$ 29.99

    This lively reader traces the search for American tradition and national identity through folklore and folklife from the 19th century to the present. Through an engaging set of essays, Folk Nation shows how American thinkers and leaders have used folklore-ranging from Paul Bunyan and Davey Crockett to quilts, cowboys, and immigrants-to express the... more...

  • Grasping Thingsby Simon J. Bronner

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    America stocks its shelves with mass-produced goods but fills its imagination with handmade folk objects. In Pennsylvania, the "back to the city" housing movement causes a conflict of cultures. In Indiana, an old tradition of butchering turtles for church picnics evokes both pride and loathing among residents. In New York, folk-art exhibits raise... more...

  • The Carver's Artby Simon J. Bronner

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    Chains carved from a single block of wood, cages whittled with wooden balls rattling inside -- all "made with just a pocketknife" -- are among our most enduring folk designs. Who makes them and why? what is their history? what do they mean for their makers, for their viewers, for our society? Simon J. Bronner portrays four wood carvers in southern... more...

  • Lafcadio Hearn's Americaby Simon J. Bronner

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    The American essays of renowned writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) artistically chronicle the robust urban life of Cincinnati and New Orleans. Hearn is one of the few chroniclers of urban American life in the nineteenth century, and much of this material has not been widely available since the 1950s. Lafcadio Hearn's America collects Hearn's stories... more...

  • Meaning of Folkloreby Simon J. Bronner; Alan Dundes

    Utah State University Press 2007; US$ 34.95

    Compilation of Dundes's most important analytical work, including many widely unavailable essays. Edited by Simon Bronner. more...

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