By Richard Bauman,Roger D. Abrahams
"And different Neighborly Names"—the identify is from a learn through Americo Paredes of the names, complimentary and in a different way, exchanged throughout cultural limitations via Anglos and Mexicans—is a suite of essays dedicated to a variety of facets of folks culture in Texas. The strategy builds at the paintings of the folklorists who've helped provide the examine of folklore in Texas such excessive status within the field-Mody Boatright, J. Frank Dobie, John Mason Brewer, the Lomaxes, and naturally Paredes himself, to whom this publication is dedicated.
Focusing at the ways that traditions come up and are maintained the place various peoples come jointly, the editors and different essayists—John Holmes McDowell, Joe Graham, Alicia María González, Beverly J. Stoeltje, Archie eco-friendly, José E. Limón, Thomas A. eco-friendly, Rosan A. Jordan, Patrick B. Mullen, and Manuel H. Peña—examine conjunto song, the corrido, Gulf fishermen's tales, rodeo traditions, puppy buying and selling and dog-trading stories, Mexican bakers' lore, Austin's "cosmic cowboy" scene, and different attention-grabbing facets of folklore in Texas. Their emphasis is at the inventive response to socially and culturally pluralistic occasions, and during this they signify a distinctively Texan means of learning folklore, in particular as illustrated within the performance-centered method of Paredes, Boatright, and others who taught on the collage of Texas at Austin. As an outline of this approach—its earlier, current, and future—"And different Neighborly Names" makes a useful contribution either to Texas folklore and to the self-discipline as a whole.
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