Alan Dundes Biography
Birthday: September 8, 1934 (Virgo)
Born In: New York City
Alan Dundes was a famous folklorist and professor of anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. He was instrumental in developing folklore as a prominent academic discipline. As a scholar in folklore, he also worked on popular culture that consists of chain letters, light-bulb jokes and bathroom graffiti. According to him, folklore deals with the essence of life. Through his works, he explained the presence of folklore in every segment of society. He authored more than 250 scholarly articles and several books among which Parsing Through Customs: Essays by a Freudian Folklorist and The Vampire: A Casebook deserve special mention. One of his prominent articles includes Seeing Is Believing, in which he stated that Americans value the sense of sight more than other senses. He earned international fame for his Freudian analysis of a wide range of subjects ranging from fairy tales to football. His contribution as a folklorist has enriched the field of modern folklore studies. He even trained many distinguished personalities of this arena. He had vast knowledge on a number of topics like literature, games and different cultures. As a prominent folklorist, he was the recipient of several prestigious awards like the Pitre Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.