He has been described as "widely credited with helping to shape modern folklore scholarship",  and "one of the most admired and influential folklorists in the world"  He wrote 12 books, both academic and popular, and edited or co-wrote two dozen more. He introduced the concept "allomotif" coined in an analogy with " allomorph ", to complement the concept of " motifeme " cf. Pike as concept to be used in the analysis of the structures of folktales in terms of motifs identified in them. Dundes attended Yale University , where he studied English. When it turned out that the ship he was to be posted to, stationed in the Bay of Naples , already had a communications officer, Dundes asked what else that ship might need, not wanting to give up such a choice assignment. He then spent two years maintaining artillery guns on a ship in the Mediterranean.
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Dundes has produced a work which will be useful to both students and teachers who wish to broaden their understanding of modern folklore. His concern here is to assess the material folklorists have so painstakingly amassed and classified, to interpret folklore, and to use folklore to increase our understanding of human nature and culture.
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See 1 question about Interpreting Folklore…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Interpreting Folklore. Mar 04, Boweavil rated it it was amazing. Brilliant collection of at that time controversial and groundbreaking analyses of a variety of folklore types, both American his specialty and that of other cultures.
When first encountering Dundes in grad school, I became a fan of his approach and still find him thought provoking all these years later. Dec 03, Brad rated it it was ok Shelves: folklore.
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His work was said to have been central to establishing the study of folklore as an academic discipline. He wrote 12 books, both academic and popular, and edited or co-wrote two dozen more. One of his most notable articles was called "Seeing is Believing" in which he indicated that Americans value the sense of sight more than t Alan Dundes was a folklorist at the University of California, Berkeley.
One of his most notable articles was called "Seeing is Believing" in which he indicated that Americans value the sense of sight more than the other senses.
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