New Voices in American Studies

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This collection of essays grew out of the first Mid-America Conference on Literature, History, Popular Culture, and Folklore held at Purdue University in 1965. The purpose of this book is to show that these disciplines are interrelated and necessary to one another. The first section, "Literature," contains an introduction by Hayman and papers by Leo Stoller, Louis Filler, David Sanders, Edwin H. Cady, and Russel B. Nye. Winkelman introduces the second section, "Popular Culture, Folklore, and Ethnomusicology," which contains articles by Browne, Tristram P. Coffin, Américo Paredes, Bruno Nettl, C. E. Nelson, and Winkelman.

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LITERATURE
7
American Radicals and Literary Works of the Midnineteenth
13
Mark Twain and the Upward Mobility of Taste
21
Theodore Dreiser and David Graham
35
War Correspondent into Novelist
49
The Strenuous Life as a Theme in American Cultural His
59
The Juvenile Approach to American Culture 18701930
67
POPULAR CULTURE FOLKLORE
85
Real Use and Real Abuse of Folklore in the Writers Subcon
102
The AngloAmerican in Mexican Folklore
113
Some Influences of Western Civilization on North American
129
The Origin and Tradition of the Ballad of Thomas Rhymer
138
Some Rhythmic Aspects of the Child Ballad
151
A Note on Contributors
163
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Page 14 - All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of lite and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick.
Page 18 - What is this Titan that has possession of me? Talk of mysteries! Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! the solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?
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About the author (1966)

Ray Browne was born in Millport, Alabama, in 1922, and was educated at the University of Alabama, Columbia University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. As founder of the Popular Culture Association (1970) and of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green University. Browne was an early advocate of applying serious study to popular culture. Roy B. Browne died on October 22, 2009.

Donald M. Winkelman was assistant professor of English and chairman of the folklore section at Bowling Green University. He edited Abstracts of Folklore Studies and wrote 50 articles, reviews, and papers.

Allen Hayman, formerly an associate professor of English at Purdue, was an editor of Accent and an advisory editor of Modern Fiction Studies. He also published articles in several quarterlies.

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