"Historical, Cultural, and Multiethnic Approaches to Oral Traditions Around the World." In two parts; Part 1 is a group of essays written by the advisors and consultants of the work. They discuss the origins of storytelling; stories as making connections between people and cultures; overview of the oral tradition in the United States, within ethnic groups and genders; and storytelling as an expression of our desire for a utopia, or a place of plenty or peace. Part II is a more than 700 entry encyclopedia; a selected bibliography is at the end of each entry. At the end of the volume are an index and a selected bibliography of works. Useful because it places the oral narrative within a global context.

Location: Wilson Reference GR72 S76 1997