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There is more to folklore research than fieldwork.
by Alan Dundes

There is more to folklore research than fieldwork.
This is why in all of my other upper-division courses
I require a term paper involving original research.
- Alan Dundes

Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress,
and nothing is impossible.
- Alan Dundes

I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in
American worldview involves time:
past,
present, and future.
- Alan Dundes

Light travels faster than sound.
This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- Alan Dundes

 

Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
- Alan Dundes

Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
- Alan Dundes

In my introductory course, Anthropology 160,
the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what
the major and minor genres of folklore are,
and how they can be analyzed.
- Alan Dundes

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Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations,
transitions, and incorporations.
- Alan Dundes

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
- Alan Dundes

Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine
likely directions and trends,
but once taken, they belong to the past,
requiring that new polls be taken.
- Alan Dundes

My academic identity is that of a folklorist,
and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
- Alan Dundes

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more
and more people move from rural to urban sites,
but that has created enormous problems with respect
to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
- Alan Dundes

If a student takes the whole series of my folklore
courses including the graduate seminars,
he or she should learn something about fieldwork,
something about bibliography, something about how to
carry out library research,
and something about how to publish that research.
- Alan Dundes

They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather
data about the context and the informant and,
above all, write an analysis of the items based upon
the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.
- Alan Dundes

In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics,
but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look,
we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.
- Alan Dundes

I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues
inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their
own personal knowledge of national,
regional, religious, ethnic, occupational,
and family folklore traditions.
- Alan Dundes

Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
of folklore that they create by interviewing family members,
friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
- Alan Dundes

The class has become over the years fairly large,
running to three hundred or more, but I always insist
upon reading all the student folklore collections myself.
Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it
because I learn so much from it.
- Alan Dundes

One of the best things about folklore and fairy tales
is that the best fantasy is what you find right around the corner,
in this world.
That's where the old stuff came from.
- Terri Windling

I'm working on a very long series of paintings based on desert folklore.
- Terri Windling

Read the folklore masters.
Go to galleries.
Walk in the woods.
That's what you need to be an artist or storyteller.
- Terri Windling

To us, basing stories on christianity is the same as
basing stories on Roman mythology,
Native American folklore, or unsubstantiated government conspiracies.
- Richard King

When fairy tales are written in the west,
they're known as folklore.
In the east, fairy tales are called religions.
- Paul Henderson

What I find interesting about folklore is the dialogue
it gives us with storytellers from centuries past.
- Terri Windling

I developed some unique software to public it on the
web that I call the Folklore Project.
- Andy Hertzfeld

I have a better internal and intuitive understanding
of folklore and myth than science and technology,
so in that way fantasy is easier.
- Sarah Zettel

When I was younger, I was in love with everything about the British Isles,
from British folklore to Celtic music.
That was always where my passions were as a young girl,
and so I studied folklore as a college student in England and Ireland.
- Terri Windling

In more recent years, I've become more and more fascinated
with the indigenous folklore of this land,
Native American folklore, and also Hispanic folklore
now that I live in the Southwest.
- Terri Windling

If you take myth and folklore, and these things that speak in symbols,
they can be interpreted in so many ways that although
the actual image is clear enough,
the interpretation is infinitely blurred,
a sort of enormous rainbow of every possible colour you could imagine.
- Diana Wynne Jones

If we knew what it was we were doing,
it would not be called research, would it?
- Albert Einstein

The research rat of the future allows experimentation
without manipulation of the real world.
This is the cutting edge of modeling technology.
- John Spencer

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism.
To steal from many is research.
- Anonymous

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist
to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.
It keeps him young.
- Konrad Lorenz

Bush reiterated his stand to conservatives opposing
his decision on stem cell research.
He said today he believes life begins at conception and ends at execution.
- Jay Leno

Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries
of a large research staff to study the problem.
- Bill Vaughan

Sadly, embryonic stem cell research is completely legal
in this country and has been going on at universities
and research facilities for years.
- Mike Pence

We learned the value of research in World War II.
- Amar Bose

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
- Wernher von Braun

Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.
- Marston Bates

I had already done a lot of research for Rough Riders,
keeping notebooks and old photographs.
Some of the books were antiques for that time period,
with the covers falling off.
- Tom Berenger

The Broad research center represents the highest quality
model of what Proposition 71 should be funding.
- Robert Klein

In fact, many nations currently refuse to support embryonic
stem cell research of any kind.
- Nathan Deal

All my knowledge comes from research.
- Stan Sakai

Most of the scientific community believes that for
the full potential of embryonic stem cell research to be reached,
the number of cell lines readily available to scientists must increase.
- Ron Kind

Industry now should become a full partner of government
in supporting longrange basic research.
- Kenneth G. Wilson

We need your help.
I need your help.
We need money for research.
It may not save my life.
It may save my children's life.
It may save someone you love.
And it's very important.
- Jim Valvano

I do think actually in this case the government does
get credit for funding some of the basic research.
- Steve Case

In this metaphor we actually have a picture of the computational universe,
a metaphor which I hope to make scientifically precise
as part of a research program.
- Seth Lloyd

Without troublesome work, no one can have any concrete,
full idea of what pure mathematical research is like
or of the profusion of insights that can be obtained from it.
- Edmund Husserl

I enjoy doing the research of nonfiction;
that gives me some pleasure,
being a detective again.
- Joseph Wambaugh

It took some time to gather the research and develop it into the storyline,
and to finally finish an origin myth poem that I had
been working on for twenty years.
- Jean M. Auel

I am suggesting that we recognize that in network and
interface research there is something as profound (and
potential wild) as Artificial Intelligence.
- Vernor Vinge

I believe that we as the leader of the Free World must
provide important leadership on the ethical parameters,
the ethical constraints that this research requires.
- Ron Kind

To do the writing, I have to have time to do research.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

It did not seem likely that I was destined to undertake research on typhus.
- Charles Jules Henry Nicole

More important is the fact that embryonic stem cell
research could lead to new treatments and cures for
the many Americans afflicted with life-threatening
and debilitating diseases.
- Ron Kind

When I research a role it does get a little crazy and
maybe even a little stupid.
- James Franco

How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story.
For fantasy, none at all.
- Alan Dean Foster

I don't use composers.
I research music the way I research the photographs
or the facts in my scripts.
- Ken Burns

Advances in science and medical research and public
health policies have meant that life expectancy for
Australians is one of the highest in the world.
- Julie Bishop

It was Neuberger who first taught me how to do research,
both technically and as a way of life,
and I owe much to him.
- Frederick Sanger

Britain should be the world's number one center for
genetic and stem cell research,
building on our world leading regulatory regime in the area.
- Gordon Brown

Stem cell research holds out the promise of finding
cures and treatments for a wide range of diseases.
- Tom Allen

I'm not the kind of actor who goes into exhaustive research for each role.
- Clive Owen

What is fetus farming? Simply put, it is the creation
and development of a human fetus for the purposes of
later killing it for research or for harvesting its organs.
- Nathan Deal

You cannot be against embryonic stem cell research
and be intellectually and therefore morally consistent,
if you're not also against in vitro fertilization.
- Ron Reagan

I will not write about anyplace in the world unless
I've been there to personally research it.
- Sidney Sheldon

I use the city because it saves time,
I don't have to do a lot of research on the setting.
- Walter Wager

Embryonic stem cell research will prolong life,
improve life and give hope for life to millions of people.
- Jim Ramstad


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