By Frank de Caro
Folklore—the inherently inventive expression, transmission, and functionality of cultural traditions—has consistently supplied a deep good of fabric for writers, musicians, and artists of every kind. Folklorists frequently hire descriptive and analytical prose, yet they, like students in different social sciences, have more and more sought new, artistic and reflexive modes of discourse. Many folklorists also are inventive writers, a few popular as such, and the folks traditions they study usually offer form and substance to their paintings. This selection of artistic writing grounded in folklore and its examine brings jointly a few of the simplest examples of such writing.Contributors to this assortment comprise Teresa Bergen, John Burrison, Norma E. Cantu, Frank de Caro, Holly Everett, Danusha Goska, Neil R. Grobman, Carrie Hertz, Edward Hirsch, Laurel Horton, Rosan Augusta Jordan, Paul Jordan-Smith, Elaine J. Lawless, Cynthia Levee, Jens Lund, Mary Magoulick, Bernard McCarthy, Joanne B. Mulcahy, Kirin Narayan, Ted Olson, Daniel Peretti, Leslie Prosterman, Jo Radner, Susan Stewart, Jeannie Banks Thomas, Jeff Todd Titon, Libby Tucker, Margaret Yocom, and Steve Zeitlin.