banner.jpgBelow is a selected list of essays in books, magazines, and journals. Many can be found in full-text within on-line databases such as JSTOR, Literature Online, and Project Muse (e.g., Western Folklore, Journal of American Folklore, Journal of Folklore Research).


“From Warrior Prince to Religious Prophet: The Mythologization of Alan Dundes.” In Psycho-Cultural Analysis of Folklore, ed. P. Chenna Reddy and M. Sarat Babu, 69-90. Delhi, India: B.R. Publishing, 2018.

“American Folk Museums Redux.” In Folklife and Museums: Twenty-First Century       Perspectives, ed. Kurt Dewhurst, Patricia Hall, and Charles H. Seemann, Jr., 221-43.   Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

“Folklore and Folklife” and “Popular Culture and Media.” In Pennsylvania Germans: An  Interpretive Encyclopedia, ed. Simon J. Bronner and Joshua R. Brown, 361-89, 441-68. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.

“Folklore in the United States.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, ed. Paula    Rabinowitz. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017.

“From Function to Frame: The Evolving Conceptualization of Jewish Folklore Studies.” In Going to the People: Jews and the Ethnographic Impulseed. Jeffrey Veidlinger. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016.

“’Drawing to Represent’: Lewis Miller Redux.” In Lewis Miller’s People, ed. June Burk     Lloyd  and Lila Fourhman-Shaull, 7-10. York, PA: York County Heritage Trust, 2014.

“Psychological Ethnology: Psychoanalysis, Folklore, and Folk Art.” In Whirligigs: The Art of  Peter Gelker by Lynn Gamwell and Simon J. Bronner, 64-84. Fullerton, CA:       Grand  Central Press, 2014.

“The ‘Handiness’ of Tradition.” In Tradition in the Twenty-First Century: Locating the Role of the Past in the Present, ed. Trevor J. Blank and Robert Glenn Howard, 186-218. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2013.

“The Jewish Joke Online: Framing and Symbolizing Humor in Analog and Digital Culture.” In Folk Culture in the Digital Age: The Emergent Dynamics of Human Interaction, ed. Trevor J. Blank, 119-49. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2012.

 “Jewish Naming Ceremonies for Girls-A Study in the Discourse of Tradition.” In Jewish Lifeworlds and Jewish Thought, ed. Nathanael Riemer, 211-20. Wiesbaden,               Germany:  Harrassowitz Publishing House, 2012.

“Ritualizing Jewishness.” In Revisioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions in Transition, ed. Simon J. Bronner, 1-42. Oxford, UK: Littman, 2011.

“‘This is Why We Hunt’: Social-Psychological Meanings of the Traditions and Rituals of Deer Camp.” In Wild Games: Hunting and Fishing Traditions in North America, ed. Dennis Cutchins and Eric A. Eliason, 65-104. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2010.

“De Economie van Volkscultuur” [The Economics of Folk Culture]. In Splitsen of knopen? Over Volkscultuur in Nederland [Splitting of Knots: On Folk Culture in the Netherlands], ed. Hester Dibbits, Richard Hermans, Jan Jaap Knol, Gitta Luiten, Taco de Neef, and Ineke Strouken, 130-38. Antwerp: Thonik. [in Dutch]

“Digitizing and Virtualizing Folklore.” In Folklore and the Internet: Vernacular Expression in a Digital World, ed. Trevor Blank, 21-66. Logan: Utah State Press, 2009.

“The Chutzpah of Jewish Cultural Studies.” In Jewishness: Expression, Identity, and Representation, ed. Simon J. Bronner, 1-26. Oxford: Littman, 2008.

“The Analytics of Alan Dundes.” In The Meaning of Folklore: The Analytic Essays of Alan Dundes, ed. Simon J. Bronner, 1-50. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2007.

“‘Heile, Heile, Hinkel Dreck’: On the Earthiness of Pennsylvania German Folk Narratives.” In Preserving Heritage: A Festschrift for C. Richard Beam, ed. Joshua R. Brown and Leroy T. Hopkins, Jr., 77-100. Lawrence, Kansas: Society for German-American Studies, 2006.

“Building Tradition: Control and Authority in Vernacular Architecture.” In Vernacular Architecture in the 21st Century, ed. Marcel Vellinga and Lindsay Asquith, 23-45. London and New York: Taylor and Francis, 2005.

“Plain Folk and Folk Society: John Hostetler’s Legacy of the Little Community.” In Writing the Amish: The Worlds of John Hostetler, ed. David Weaver-Zercher, 55-94. University Park: Penn State Press, 2005.

“Introduction,” “Menfolk,” and “Hidden Erections and Sexual Fabrications: Old Men Crafting Manliness.” In Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities, ed. Simon J. Bronner, 1-60, 274-314. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005.

“‘Letting Out Jack: Sex and Aggression in Adolescent Male Recitations.” In Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities, ed. Simon J. Bronner, 315-50. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005 (with Ronald L. Baker).

“Woodhull’s Old Tyme Masters: A Hillbilly Band in the Northern Tradition.” In Exploring Roots Music , ed. Nolan Porterfield, 127-34. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2004.

“Folklore and Folklife.” In Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, ed. William Pencak and Randall Miller, pp. 454-76. University Park: Penn State Press, 2002.

“Amerika no Folklore to Folklife: Amerika No Kodomo Tachi No Seikatsu Bunka” [Folklore and Folklife of America: Everyday Life and Culture of American Children]. In Dramatic America, ed. Hisashi Ishida, pp. 175-91. Tokyo: Eihosya, 2002. [translated by Youji Sawari into Japanese]

“Legendary Explanations: The Protection of the Remu Cemetery during the Holocaust.” Markers XIX, ed. Richard E. Meyer, pp. 50-63. Greenfield, Massachusetts: Association for Gravestone Studies, 2002.

“Amerika Ni Okeru Amerika-Kenkyu To Sono Kyoiku-Hoho” [American Studies Pedagogy in the United States].  In Amerika Shin-Kenkyu  [American Studies: A New Perspective], ed. Keijiro Unoki, pp. 330-39. Tokyo: Hokuju-Shuppan, 1997. [In Japanese]

“Material Folk Culture of Children.”  In Children’s Folklore: A Source Book, ed. Brian Sutton-Smith, Jay Mechling, Thomas W. Johnson, and Felicia McMahon, pp. 251-72.  New York: Garland, 1995. Reprinted, Logan: Utah State University Press, 1999.

“‘Your Mother’s Like…’: Formula in Contemporary American Ritual Insults.” In Opus Maledictorum: A Book of Bad Words, ed. Reinhold Aman, 166-77. New York: Marlowe, 1996.

“From Nature to Culture and Object to Image: Challenges for the Preservation of the Past for the Future.”  In Conserving Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century, ed. Marilyn Kisly, pp. 15-22.  Ann Arbor: Historical Society of Michigan, 1994.

“Introduction” and “Elaborating Tradition: A Pennsylvania-German Folk Artist Ministers to His Community.”  In Creativity and Tradition in Folklore: New Directions, ed. Simon J. Bronner, pp. 1-40, 277-326.  Logan: Utah State University Press, 1992.

“Cane Making as Symbol and Tradition.”  In American Folk Art Canes: Personal Sculpture, ed. George H. Meyer.  Bloomfield Hills, Michigan: Sandringham Press, 1992, pp. 219-21.

“Introduction” and “Reading Consumer Culture.”  In Consuming Visions:  Accumulation and Display of Goods in America, 1880-1920, ed. Simon J. Bronner, pp. 1-53.  New York:  W. W. Norton, 1989.

“Object Lessons:  The Work of Ethnological Museums and Collections.”  In Consuming     Visions: Accumulation and Display of Goods in America, 1880-1920, ed. Simon J. Bronner, pp. 217-54.  New York:  W. W. Norton, 1989.

“Folklife Starts Here:  The Background of Material Culture Scholarship in Pennsylvania.”  In The Old Traditional Way of Life:  Essays in Honor of Warren E. Roberts, ed. Robert E. Walls & George H. Schoemaker, pp. 230-43.  Bloomington, Indiana:  Trickster Press, 1989.

“Background of the Blues:  Afro-American Folklore.”  In The Blues:  A Bibliographic Guide, ed. Mary L. Hart, Brenda M. Eagles, Lisa N. Howorth, pp. 11-30.  New York:  Garland, 1989.

“Folk Objects.”  In Folk Groups and Folklore Genres, ed. Elliott Oring, pp. 99-124.  Logan: Utah State University Press, 1986.

“The House on Penn Street: Conflict and Creativity in Folk Art” and “Introduction.”  In Folk Art  and Art Worlds, ed. John Michael Vlach and Simon J. Bronner, pp. 123-49, 1-10.  Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1986.

“Visible ProofsÌ: Material Culture Study in American Folkloristics.”  In Material Culture: A Research Guide, ed. Thomas Schlereth, pp. 127-53.  Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1985.

“The Idea of the Folk Artifact” and “Researching Material Folk Culture in the Modern American City.”  In American Material Culture and Folklife, pp. 3-39, 221-37.  “Idea of the Folk Artifact” reprinted in Academic and Public History: A Synthesis, ed. Phyllis Leffler.  Melbourne, Florida: Krieger Publishing, 1989.

“Toward a Philosophy of Folk Objects.”  In Personal Places: Perspectives on Informal Art Environments, ed. Daniel Franklin Ward, pp. 171-77.  Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1984.

“Folklore in the Bureaucracy.”  In Tools for Management, ed. Frederick Richmond and Kathy Nazar, pp. 45-57.  Harrisburg: PEN Publications, 1984.

“Let Me Tell It My Way: Joketelling by a Father and Son.”  In Humor and the Individual, ed. Elliott Oring, pp. 18-36.  Los Angeles: California Folklore Society, 1984.

“The Paradox of Pride and Loathing, and Other Problems.”  In Foodways and Eating Habits: Directions for Research, ed. Michael Owen Jones, Roberta Krell, Bruce Guiliano, pp. 115-24.  Los Angeles: California Folklore Society, 1983.


“The Death of American Studies?” European Journal of American Studies 13, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 1-26.

“Toward a Definition of Folklore in Practice.” Cultural Analysis 15, no. 1 (2016): 6-27.Translated by Ahmet Erman Aral into Turkish as “Uygulamadaki Folklorun Bir Tanimina Doğru.”  Millî Folklor  29, no. 113 (2017): 93-116.

Halk Nesneleri” [Folk Objects], trans. Süheyla Saritaş, Millî Folklor 28, no. 110 (2016): 125-39 [Turkish].

“Folklora Özgü Bir Zihin Kurami Tanimlamasina Doğru: Geleneğe Yönelik Psikanaliz ve Sembolist Yaklaşimiarin Rolü.” [Toward the Formulation of a Folkloristic Theory of Mind: The Role of Psychoanalysis and Symbolist Approaches to Tradition], trans. Anahtar Kelimeler.  Millî Folklor 27 (2015): 18-30.

“’The Shooter Has Asperger’s’” Autism, Belief, and ‘Wild Child’ Narratives.” Children’s Folklore Review 36 (2014): 35-54.

“Retrospect and Prospect for the Historiography of Folkloristics.” Folklore Historian 31 (2014): 31-42.

“The Proverbial and Psychological Meanings of ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’” Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship 31 (2014): 109-32.

“Mike Jenkins (1982-2013): The Life and Death of a Strongman.” Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture 12-13 (August 2014): 54-66.

“Folklore and Folklife Studies: The Discipline of Analyzing Traditions.” Choice: Current           Reviews for Academic Libraries 50, no. 9 (May 2013): 155-65.

“‘Sort of a Hero’: Jack Fasig and the Strongman Theme in American Legendry.” Contemporary Legend series 3, 2 (2012): 1-26.

“Practice Theory in Folklore and Folklife Studies.” Folklore 123, no. 1 (2012).

“Framing Violence and Play in American Culture.” Journal of Ritsumeikan Social Sciences and Humanities 3 (2011): 145-60.

“The Rise and Fall–and Return–of the Class Rush: A Study of a Contested Tradition.” Western Folklore 70, no. 1 (Winter 2011): 5-67.

“Framing Folklore: An Introduction.” Western Folklore 69, nos. 3-4 (Summer/Fall 2010): 5-27.

“The Problem and Promise of Tradition.” Levend Erfgoed: Vakblad voor public folklore & public history 6, no. 1 (2009): 4-11.

“Fathers and Sons: Rethinking the Bar Mitzvah as an American Rite of Passage.” Children’s Folklore Review 31 (2008-2009): 7-34.

“Hare Coursing and the Ethics of Tradition.” Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies 46 (2008): 7-38.

“Analyzing the Ethnic Self: The Hinkeldreck Theme in Pennsylvania-German Folk Narrative.” Columbia Journal of American Studies, 8, no. 1 (2007): 19-53.

“Folk Logic: Interpretation and Explanation in Folkloristics.” Western Folklore 65, no. 4 (Fall 2006): 401-34.

“The Year of Folklore, and Other Dutch Lessons in Public Heritage.” Volkskunde 107, no. 4 (2006): 343-60 [Dutch summary on pp. 379-81].

“Folklore and the Quest for Meaning.” Levend Erfgoed: Vakblad Voor Public Folklore and Public History     3, no. 2 (2006): 4-8. [English with Dutch Summary]

“Contesting Tradition: The Deep Play and Protest of Pigeon Shoots.” Journal of American Folklore 118, no. 470 (Fall 2005): 409-52.

“‘Gombo’ Folkloristics: Lafcadio Hearn’s Creolization and Hybridization in the Formative Period of Folklore Studies.” Journal of Folklore Research 42, no. 2 (May-December 2005): 141-84.

“Narrating and Racializing Urban Black Folklife in Nineteenth-Century America: Lafcadio Hearn’s Cincinnati Stories.” Folklore Historian 21 (2004): 35-71.

“‘This is Why We Hunt’: Social-Psychological Meanings of the Traditions and  Rituals of Deer Camp.” Western Folklore 63 (2004): 11-50.

“Whither Pennsylvania-German Studies?” Der Reggeboge: Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society 38, no. 1 (2004): 3-8.

“The Lieberman Syndrome: Jewishness in American Political Culture.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 2, no. 1 (2003): 35-58.

“Ideas for Inquiry: ‘Exhibiting Children.'” Children’s Folklore Review 25, nos. 1-2 (2002-2003): 101-4.

“Questioning the Future: Polling Americans at the Turn of the New Millennium.” Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies 27 (2002): 665-86.

“Folklore Responds to Columbine and Adolescence.” Children’s Folklore Review 24, nos. 1-2 (2002): 7-20.

“From Landsmanshaften to Vinkln: Mediating Community Among Yiddish Speakers in America.” Jewish History 15, no. 2 (2001): 131-48.

“The American Concept of Tradition: Folklore in the Discourse of Traditional Values.” Western Folklore 59, no. 2 (Winter 2000): 87-104.

“The Meanings of Tradition: An Introduction.” Western Folklore 59 , no. 2 (Winter 2000): 87-104.

  “Inventing and Invoking Tradition in Holocaust Memorials.” Newfolk: New Directions in Folklore 4, no. 2 (October 2000).

“Cultural Historical Studies of Jews in Pennsylvania: A Review and Preview.” Pennsylvania History  66, no. 3 (Summer 1999): 311-38.

“Eulogy for Pennsylvania Folklife (1957-1997).” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania       German Studies 6, no. 1 (Winter 1999): 4-7.

“History and Organization of Children’s Folklore in the American Folklore Society”
Children’s Folklore Review, 20, nos.1-2  (1997-1998): 57-65.

“Consumer Culture and Ethnicity in the Literature of Realism during America’s Gilded Age.”  Kansai American Literature 34 (1997): 59-71.

“‘Me’yin Kesem Afaf Ota’: Retorika Shel Folklor V’historia Bezichronotav Shel Ya’akov Zeifter  Me’ushpitzin .” [“There Was Something Magical About It”: The Rhetoric of
Folklore and History in the Narratives of Jacob Seifter.] Chulyot: Journal of Yiddish Research 4 (Summer 1997): 233-49. [in Hebrew with English summary]

“Inspiriting the Land: Henry Shoemaker and Local Legend in Central Pennsylvania.” Snyder County Historical Society Bulletin 1996, pp. 81-99.

“Craft in American Consciousness.” Meisei Review 12 (1997): 3-26.

“Amerikajin-no Ishiki-ni-okeru Kurafuto” [Craft in American Consciousness] Gakujyutsu Kenkyu Kiyou 17 (March 1997): 127-37. [in Japanese]

“‘Novel Impressions’: Literature and Consumer Culture during America’s Gilded Age.” Borderlines: Studies in American Culture 3, no. 2 (1996): 123-43 .

“Shoemaker vs. Shoemaker: The Debate on Pennsylvania Germans in American Tradition.” Der Reggeboge: Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society 30, nos. 1-2 (1996): 3-30.

“Epes Tsoyberhaftes: The Rhetoric of Folklore and History in Jacob Seifter’s Memoirs of Auschwitz.” Yiddish 10, nos. 2-3 (1996): 17-33.

“Theorizing and the Mission of Folklore Studies.” Folklore Historian 13 (1996): 25-29.

“The Peculiar History of Public Folklore: Searching for America’s First State Folklorist.”
Folklore Historian 12 (1995): 14-28.

“Exploring American Traditions: A Survey of Folklore and Folklife Research in American Studies,” American Studies International 31, no. 2 (October 1993): 4-36.

“Folk Art on Display: America’s Conflict of Traditions,” American Quarterly 45, no. 1 (March 1993): 128-50.

“Expressing and Creating Ourselves in Childhood:  A Commentary.”  Children’s Folklore Review 15, no. 1 (Fall 1992): 47-59.

“Martha Warren Beckwith, America’s First Chair of Folklore.” Folklore Historian 9 (1992): 5-53.

“James Maidment, Ballad Editor.”  Midwestern Folklore 18, no. 2 (Fall 1992): 64-68.

“A Prophetic Vision of Public and Academic Folklife: Alfred Shoemaker and America’s FirstDepartment of Folklore.”  Folklore Historian 8 (1991): 38-55.

“The Fragmentation of American Folklife Studies.” Journal of American Folklore 103, no. 408 (April-June 1990): 209-14.

“Anglo-American Connections in Folklore and Folklife.”  Folklore 101, no. 1 (1990): 47-57.

“Left to Their Own Devices: Interpreting American Children’s Folklore as an Adaptation to Aging.”  Southern Folklore 47, no. 2 (1990): 101-15.

“Toward a Common Center:  Pragmatism and Folklore Studies.”  Folklore Historian 7 (1990): 23-30.

“Children’s Folklore as an Adaptation to Aging.”  Talking Folklore, no. 7 (August 1989):  21-38.

“The Use of Folklore in the Shaping of American Ideology, 1880-1900.”  International
Folklore Review
6 (1988):  21-25.

“The Anglo-American Fiddle Tradition in New York State.”  New York Folklore 14, nos. 3-4 (1988):  23-35.

“Talking Fieldwork.”  Talking Folklore, no. 5 (November 1988): 5-15.

“Political Suicide: The Budd Dwyer Joke Cycle and the Humor of Disaster.”  Midwestern     Folklore 14, no. 2 (Fall 1988): 81-90.

“Art, Performance, and Praxis: The Rhetoric of Contemporary Folklore Studies.”  Western  Folklore 47, no. 2 (April 1988): 75-101.

“Organizing Knowledge: Four Trends in American Folklore Historiography.”  Folklore Historian 3, no. 2 (Fall 1986): 26-31.

“Material Culture and Region: Lessons from Folk Studies.”  Kentucky Folklore Record 32, nos. 1-2 (January-June 1986): 1-16.

“Folklore and the Behavioral Sciences.”  Anthropos: International Review of Ethnology and Linguistics 79, nos. 1-3 (1984): 251-55.

“The Early Movements of Anthropology and Their Folkloristic Relationships.” Folklore  95, no. 1 (1984): 57-73.

“The Processual Principle in Folk Art, Based on a Study of Wooden Chain Carving.” Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies  22 (1983-1984): 55-67.

“̍What’s Grosser Than Gross?̍:  New Sick Joke Cycles.”  Midwestern Journal of                Language and Folklore 11, no. 1 (1985): 39-49.

“Visible Proofs: Material Culture Study in American Folkloristics.” American Quarterly 35, no. 3 (1983): 316-38.

“Learning of the People: Folkloristics in the Study of Behavior and Thought.”  New York
Folklore 9, nos. 3-4 (Winter 1983): 75-88.

“Links to Behavior: An Analysis of Chain Carving.”  Kentucky Folklore Record 29, nos. 3-4 (July-December 1983): 72-82.

“Suburban Houses and Manner Books: The Structure of Tradition and Aesthetics.” Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture 18, no. 1 (Spring 1983): 61-68.

“The Haptic Experience of Culture.”  Anthropos: International Review of Ethnology and
77, nos. 3-4 (1982): 351-62.

“…Feeling’s the Truth.”  Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin 48, no. 4 (Winter 1982): 117-24.

“Your Mother’s Like…: Formula in Contemporary American Ritual Insults.” Maledicta:  The International Journal of Verbal Aggression 6, nos. 1-2 (Summer-Winter 1982): 199-210.

“The Hidden Past of Material Culture Studies in American Folkloristics.”  New York     Folklore 8, nos. 1-2 (Summer 1982): 1-10.

“Structural and Stylistic Relations of Oral and Literary Humor: An Analysis of Leo Rosten’s H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N Stories.”  Journal of the Folklore Institute 19, no. 1 (January-April 1982): 31-45.

“Historical Methodology in Folkloristics:  Introduction.”  Western Folklore 41, no. 1
(January-April 1982): 28-29.

“Malaise or Revelation?  Observations on the ̍American Folklore̍ Polemic.” Western Folklore 41, no. 1 (January 1982): 52-61.

“Modern Anthropological Trends and their Folkloristic Relationships.”  Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies 19 (1981): 66-83.

“Saturday Night in Greenville:  An Interracial Tale-and-Music Session in Context.”  Folklore Forum 14, no. 2 (Fall 1981): 85-120.

“The Folk Technics of Chain Carving.”  Studies in Traditional American Crafts 4 (September 1981): 3-20.

“Charlotte Burne, British Folklorist:  A Re-examination.” Folklore Women’s Communication, no. 24 (Spring 1981): 14-19.

“Investigating Identity and Expression in Folk Art.”  Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture 16, no. 1 (Spring 1981): 65-83.

“The Durlauf Family:  Three Generations of Stonecarvers in Southern Indiana.”  Pioneer America: Journal of Historic American Material Culture 13, no. 1 (March 1981): 17-26.

“American Folklore vs. Folklore in America:  A Fixed Fight?”  Journal of the Folklore Institute 17, no. 1 (January-April 1980): 76-84 (with Stephen Stern).

“The Harris House and Related Structures in South-Central Indiana.”  Pioneer America: Journal of Historic American Material Culture 12, no. 1 (February 1980): 9-34.

“Reflections on Field Research in the Folklife Sciences.”  New York Folklore 6, nos. 3-4 (Winter 1980): 151-60.

“An Experiential Portrait of a Woodcarver.”  Indiana Folklore 13, nos. 1-2 (1980): 30-45.

“From Neglect to Concept:  An Introduction to the Study of Material Aspects of American Folk Culture.”  Folklore Forum 12, nos. 2-3 (1979): 117-32 (with Stephen Poyser).

“Concepts in the Study of Material Aspects of American Folk Culture.”  Folklore Forum 12, nos. 2-3 (1979): 133-72.

“We Live What I Paint and I Paint What I See: A Mennonite Artist in Northern Indiana.”
  Indiana Folklore 12, no. 1 (1979): 5-17.

“Old Time Tunes on Edison Records.”  Journal of Country Music 8, no. 1 (May 1979): 95-100.

“Pictorial Jokes: A Traditional Combination of Verbal and Graphic Processes.”  Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin 44, no. 4 (December 1978): 189-96.

“Who Says?: A Further Investigation of Ritual Insults among White American Adolescents.” Midwestern Journal of Language and Folklore 4, no. 2 (Fall 1978): 53-69.

“A Re-Examination of Dozens among White American Adolescents.”  Western Folklore 37, no. 2 (April 1978): 118-28.

“Recent Folk Art Publications:  A Review Essay.”  Mid-South Folklore 6, no. 1 (Spring 1978): 27-30.

“Country Music Tradition in Western New York State.”  Journal of Country Music 7, no. 1 (January 1978): 29-59.

“Country Music Culture in Central New York State.” John Edwards Memorial Foundation Quarterly 13, no. 48 (Winter 1977): 171-82.

“I Kicked Three Slats Out of My Cradle First Time I Heard That:  Ken Kane, Country Music, and American Folklife.”  New York Folklore 3, nos. 1-4 (Summer-Winter 1977): 53-81.

“Bad Man Monroe Legends from the Delta Region of Mississippi.” Mid-South Folklore 5, no. 2 (Summer 1977): 53-58.

“Peddler Traditions and Street Cries in Contemporary Perspective.”  New York Folklore 2, nos. 1-2 (Summer 1976): 2-16.

“Concrete Folklore: Sidewalk Box Games.”  Western Folklore 36, no. 2 (April 1977): 171-73.

“Woodhull’s Old Tyme Masters:  A Hillbilly Band in the Northern Tradition.” John             Edwards Memorial Foundation Quarterly 12, no. 42 (Summer 1976): 54-62.


“Sailor Men: Are Navy Rituals, Like Kissing the Royal Belly, Homophobic or Homoerotic?”    American Sexuality Magazine (June 19, 2007).

“Atogaki ni Kaete: Beijin ni Kyoojyu no Komento. Jinbun-gaku ga Arata na Jyookyoo ni Taiou Suru Tame Ni.” [Adjusting to New Conditions in the Humanities].  Bosei (January 1998), 64-65 [in Japanese].

“Fun Vanet Shtamstu?” [Where Are You From?] Der Onheib 26 (November 1997), 89-90. [creative essay in Yiddish on Holocaust theme]

“‘Corn Enough to Make It Entertaining’:  An Interview with Lyle Miles.”  Old-Time Music, No. 45 (Spring 1989), 6-12.

“Stewart Culin, Museum Magician.”  Pennsylvania Heritage 11, no. 3 (Summer 1985), 4-    11.

“Eugene Powell: ̍Sonny Boy Nelson.̍” Living Blues, no. 43 (Summer 1979): 14-25.

“John Baltzell: Champion Old-Time Fiddler.” Old-Time Music, no. 27 (Winter 1977-1978): 13-14.

“Does the Peddler Yell Anymore? Preserving Barker Cries.” Yorker Magazine 34 (February 1976), 11-13.


“The ASA Survey of Departments and Programs: Findings and Projections.” American Studies Association Newsletter 31, no. 1 (March 2008): 11-19.

“How Well Do We Know the Amish?” Philadelphia Inquirer (October 11, 2006), A10.

“Beyond Interdisciplinarity: The New Goals of American Studies Programs.” American Studies Association Newsletter 28, no. 1 (March 2005): 1-5.

“American Studies and Humanities: The Challenge to University Administration.” American Studies Association Newsletter 27, no. 1 (March 2004): 7-9.

“Iz Yidn Dortn?” [Are Jews There?-Japan] Forward, June 20, 1997,  pp. 1, 13.

“Tall Tales from College Folk.” [full-page essay in Education Life magazine on college student culture]  New York Times, August 4, 1991, Section 4A, p. 42.


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