Stories of our lives : memory, history, narrative / Frank de Caro.

By: De Caro, F. A, 1943-Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Logan : Utah State University Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (xv, 214 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780874218947; 0874218942; 9781457184079; 1457184079; 9781457184055; 1457184052Subject(s): Folklorists -- United States -- Biography | Folklore -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Stories of Our Lives : Memory, History, Narrative.DDC classification: 398.092 | B LOC classification: GR55.D4 | A3 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Acknowledgments; Be Sure to Read This First: A Preface; 1. The Golden-Haired Maiden; 2. 7002 Ridge; 3. Foreigners Arrive; 4. The Lake; 5. Beyond 7002; 6. Becoming the East Village; 7. Tinkly Temple Bells; 8. Life in a Cornfield; 9. Mexico; 10. Long Ago and Far Away: Another Passage to India; 11. Katrina: We Leave, We Return, Stories Abound; Contexts and Meanings: A Brief Afterword; About the Author.
Summary: "In Stories of Our Lives Frank de Caro demonstrates the value of personal narratives in enlightening our lives and our world. We all live with legends, family sagas, and anecdotes that shape our selves and give meaning to our recollections. Featuring an array of colorful stories from de Caro's personal life and years of field research as a folklorist, the book is part memoir and part exploration of how the stories we tell, listen to, and learn play an integral role in shaping our sense of self. De Caro's narrative includes stories within the story: among them a near-mythic capture of his golden-haired grandmother by Plains Indians, a quintessential Italian rags-to-riches grandfather, and his own experiences growing up in culturally rich 1950s New York City, living in India amid the fading glories of a former princely state, conducting field research on Day of the Dead altars in Mexico, and coming home to a battered New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Stories of Our Lives shows that our lives are interesting, and that the stories we tell--however particular to our own circumstances or trivial they may seem to others--reveal something about ourselves, our societies, our cultures, and our larger human existence"-- Provided by publisher.
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"In Stories of Our Lives Frank de Caro demonstrates the value of personal narratives in enlightening our lives and our world. We all live with legends, family sagas, and anecdotes that shape our selves and give meaning to our recollections. Featuring an array of colorful stories from de Caro's personal life and years of field research as a folklorist, the book is part memoir and part exploration of how the stories we tell, listen to, and learn play an integral role in shaping our sense of self. De Caro's narrative includes stories within the story: among them a near-mythic capture of his golden-haired grandmother by Plains Indians, a quintessential Italian rags-to-riches grandfather, and his own experiences growing up in culturally rich 1950s New York City, living in India amid the fading glories of a former princely state, conducting field research on Day of the Dead altars in Mexico, and coming home to a battered New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Stories of Our Lives shows that our lives are interesting, and that the stories we tell--however particular to our own circumstances or trivial they may seem to others--reveal something about ourselves, our societies, our cultures, and our larger human existence"-- Provided by publisher.

Acknowledgments; Be Sure to Read This First: A Preface; 1. The Golden-Haired Maiden; 2. 7002 Ridge; 3. Foreigners Arrive; 4. The Lake; 5. Beyond 7002; 6. Becoming the East Village; 7. Tinkly Temple Bells; 8. Life in a Cornfield; 9. Mexico; 10. Long Ago and Far Away: Another Passage to India; 11. Katrina: We Leave, We Return, Stories Abound; Contexts and Meanings: A Brief Afterword; About the Author.

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Frank de Caro is a folklorist and Professor Emeritus of English at Louisiana State University. His previous books include Louisiana Sojourns: Travelers' Tales and Literary Journeys (1998, with Rosan A. Jordan), which received the Louisiana Humanities Book Award; An Anthology of American Folktales and Legends (2008); and The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists (2008).

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