Koasati Traditional Narratives by Geoffrey D. Kimball (review)

Koasati Traditional Narratives by Geoffrey D. Kimball (review) Journal of American Folklore 126 (2013) model for strong ethnographic writing. Dorson is often glib and quick to make unsupportable generalizations, casually asserting that "every Cornishman is a character," and that "all Canadiens brim over with fearful supernatural superstitions" (pp. 103, 69). He writes, occasionally, in a thoroughly embarrassing brand of eye dialect, such as "[d]en de fire stopped and turned up de hill" (p. 83). And as a reviewer in Western Folklore wrote in 1953, we can only consider Dorson's collection thorough if we take into account that he was "an outsider" who had only a "limited time to collect" (Earl Clifton Beck, "Review: Bloodstoppers and Bearwalkers by Richard M. Dorson," 12:66). Yet, even discounting James Leary's invaluable contributions, Dorson's text is still well worth re-reading. Its enthusiasm for its subject, its level of engagement with the folk, and the vigor with which it insists on folklore's relevance all still have a great deal to teach us today. KoasatiTraditionalNarratives. Trans. Geoffrey D. Kimball. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. Pp. xxii + 303, preface, notes, appendices, pronunciation guide, illustrations.) Paulo Correia CEAO-University of the Algarve, Portugal This volume contains the first published collection of oral literature from http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American Folklore American Folklore Society

Koasati Traditional Narratives by Geoffrey D. Kimball (review)

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Journal of American Folklore 126 (2013) model for strong ethnographic writing. Dorson is often glib and quick to make unsupportable generalizations, casually asserting that "every Cornishman is a character," and that "all Canadiens brim over with fearful supernatural superstitions" (pp. 103, 69). He writes, occasionally, in a thoroughly embarrassing brand of eye dialect, such as "[d]en de fire stopped and turned up de hill" (p. 83). And as a reviewer in Western Folklore wrote in 1953, we can only consider Dorson's collection thorough if we take into account that he was "an outsider" who had only a "limited time to collect" (Earl Clifton Beck, "Review: Bloodstoppers and Bearwalkers by Richard M. Dorson," 12:66). Yet, even discounting James Leary's invaluable contributions, Dorson's text is still well worth re-reading. Its enthusiasm for its subject, its level of engagement with the folk, and the vigor with which it insists on folklore's relevance all still have a great deal to teach us today. KoasatiTraditionalNarratives. Trans. Geoffrey D. Kimball. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. Pp. xxii + 303, preface, notes, appendices, pronunciation guide, illustrations.) Paulo Correia CEAO-University of the Algarve, Portugal This volume contains the first published collection of oral literature from

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