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Vance Randolph has long been an undeniable presence on the American folklore scholarship scene. His Ozark corpus is the best known single body of regional folklore in the United States, according to Richard Dorson, director of the Folklore Institute at Indiana University. And Gershon Legman, the world's leading scholar of sexual and scatological humor, has called Randolph the greatest and most successful field collector and regional folklorist that America ever had. In Legman's estimation, We have no one else like him. He is a national treasure, like Mark Twain. Randolph's reputation rests on the massive accumulation of folksong, folktale, and ballad materials he collected during forty years of living and working in the Ozarks. Unfortunately, in the 1950s when Randolph published several collection of Ozark tales, the material in this volume was considered unprintable.Pissing in the Snow departs from the academic prudery that until recently has restricted the amount of bawdy folklore available for study. It presents a body of material that for twenty years has circulated only in manuscript or microfilm under its present title. When placed in their rightful context alongside Randolph's other collections of folk material, the bawdy tales help provide evidence of what Ozark hill people think about their own lives and language. As Rayna Green writes in her introduction, The entire body of material . . . offers a picture of expressive behavior unparalleled by any other American region's or group's study. Hoffmann's annotations draw parallels between the erotic narrative tradition of the Ozarks and that in other parts of the country and the world, especially Europe.
|Publication date:||1st November 1976|
|Publisher:||University of Illinois Press|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Vance Randolph, the author of more than a dozen books on American folklore, including five collections of Ozark folktales and a four-volume collection of Ozark folksongs, lived in the Ozark mountains from 1920 until his death in 1980.More About Vance Randolph