Jan Harold Brunvand lives in Salt Lake City, where he is professor emeritus at the University of Utah. He is the author of numerous books, including The. Jan Harold Brunvand (born ) is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Utah in the United States, best known for spreading the concept o. Jan Harold Brunvand. Born in Cadillac, Michigan. Married ; four children, five grandchildren. Studied at Michigan State University: B.A. in Journalism.

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Books by Jan Harold Brunvand and Complete Book Reviews

I selected different texts from the earlier books, gave them usually in full instead of paraphrases, and wrote updated notes for them. That is why I have never worn either rings or contact lenses even though I learned the truth about the stories decades ago, but having said that, do you believe these last two specifically – about the ring and the contact lenses – ever had any basis in fact?

Syndicated columnist Brunvand here presents a collection of columns about legends that haunt the public consciousness but have little or no basis in fact, including tales of poisonous snakes in amusement parks, airline pilots locked out of their Final Cut Urban Legends: It’s true that my popular books spread the word beyond academe, but lots of other folklorists have studied urban legends, publishing their findings in scholarly books, journals or conference papers.

Low to High Price: These stories helped form the basis of a collection which Brunvand later included in several popular books on the topic of urban legends. Creation myths and the like are another matter entirely. The Journal of American Folklore. Tin Men Archie Green. A chapter for which there were several new examples was Bogus Warnings with examples of such legends as those about needle attacks and perfume attacks.


Brunvand — His name is Legend (Includes interview)

The book that started it all. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. He groups these resonant anecdotes, found in slightly. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. However they are spread, Mr. He gave the keynote address at the meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society.

Retrieved 5 December Teaching was fun and inspiring, but I was ready for retirement which I am finding is more fun than working.

More “New” Urban Legends[32] [45] [46] Curses! Simply close and relaunch your preferred browser to log-in. Specifically, we hraold dealing with a phenomenon like the ethnic joke, examples of which are told by target groups, or is the urban legend essentially a mainstream occurrence?

Sure you’ve heard of urban legends, but if you haven’t heard of their most distinguished champion, here is the good Professor’s website. I was brought up in Lansing, Michigan, where Oldsmobiles were made, and we were all pretty car crazy. I did not learn that it was an “urban belief tale”, as my first folklore professor called it, until I got to college Michigan State University in the early s. I arranged them by themes, and also included a section of “true” urban legends and a few parodies.

Urban Folk Legends in Room “. This course, according to Brunvand, “changed his life.

Jan Harold Brunvand

Urban Legends Reference Pages. The fused contacts story is completely bogus, as far as scientific possibilities go. The New York Times. A Study and Research Guide was published by St. Taylor and Francis Group. Indiana University Folklore Institute, Collection. Pathway to alcohol addiction discovered.


My parents immigrated from Norway with very little money and few expectations, but we Brunvands ended up doing quite well for ourselves, not the least of which means being good skiers into our 80s, and beyond?

While it’s hard to prove, and only worth discussing in terms of specific legends, I think most urban legends had a single origin somewhere, sometime and then diffused to the other places where told.

Urban Legend Urban Harolc Retrieved 4 December It is widely acknowledged that many myths are universal, eg the Great Flood.

My question is, do these and similar ideas come from the world of fiction or science fiction and are then picked up by politicians, scientists, etc, and how do we stop this?

Archived from the original on You laughed when I called Patricia Turner one of your acolytes, but she gives you a credit in her groundbreaking book I Heard It Through The Grapevineclearly she stood on the shoulders of a giant.

Customer Service If you have questions: Can I ask how many urban legends have come true after the event, and why you think this is? Besides, I want to get out fly fishing a few more times this autumn, then start skiing in about a month.

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Salt Lake City, Utah. Top ja female interviews in music of Brunvand and his books became so popular, that, when Richard Wolkomir dubbed him “Mr. Of all the countless ones you have collected, which in your view is the most bizarre?