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Listening to old voices : folklore, life stories, and the elderly

Author: Patrick B Mullen
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1992.
Series: Folklore and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Patrick Mullen examines how elderly people use folk traditions to engage others and pass on their wisdom and knowledge to succeeding generations. Based on interviews with nine people in their seventies and eighties who live in rural Virginia, North Carolina, and southern Ohio, this book shows how folklore enriches people's lives. Mullen places the folklore--local legends, jokes, personal-experience narratives,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick B Mullen
ISBN: 0252018087 9780252018084
OCLC Number: 22909247
Description: xii, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : studying the elderly --
Mollie Ford : how the old teach the young --
Jesse Hatcher : shaping a life through religion --
Mamie and Leonard Bryan : looking back on sixty-three years of marriage --
Bob Glasgow : folk architecture and family history --
Alva Snell : occupational identity after retirement --
Quincy Higgins : the performing personality in old age --
Bill Henry : orphan and hobo, learning from life --
Matt Burnett : childhood and life, old age and death --
Conclusion : engagement and continuity.
Series Title: Folklore and society.
Responsibility: Patrick B. Mullen.

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Patrick Mullen examines how elderly people use folk traditions to engage others and pass on their wisdom and knowledge to succeeding generations. Based on interviews with nine people in their seventies and eighties who live in rural Virginia, North Carolina, and southern Ohio, this book shows how folklore enriches people's lives. Mullen places the folklore--local legends, jokes, personal-experience narratives, family history, folk medicine, planting signs, foodways, wood carving, belief systems, customs, folk architecture--within the context of the individuals' life stories and the culture of their local communities. The analysis concentrates on recurring themes in each person's folklore and the rhetorical strategies the storytellers use to interest listeners and assure that their traditions will be passed on.

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