I Opened the Door and It was You: Continuing Narratives as Dyadic Folk Performances, 1989  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Goldsmith, Bill
I Opened the Door and It was You: Continuing Narratives as Dyadic Folk Performances
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Bill Goldsmith was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Publication of this finding aid was supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.

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The author examines seven field collected courtship narratives, including his own and his wife's, as a folkloric expression of the couple's identity. Analysis includes the structural, functional, and performance elements, seen as cultural patterns in both the narrative and the events of its telling. The research is admittedly seminal,. but the roots of a consistent narrative type are present, that is, as a potential folkloric genre. The interviewing methodology was non-structured, simply, "Tell us your story," and the transcriptions are attached.

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Restrictions on Use

Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy and additional stipulations by collectors or informants. See project release form in collection file for additional stipulations.

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Container(s) Description
1 Master sheet
1 Project release form
1 Essay
1 Folklore texts
1 Interview transcript

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Couple's narratives
  • Courtship
  • Family
  • Love stories
  • Marriage
  • Men and women
  • narratives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Belief and customs - marriage
  • Family folklore
  • Fieldwork project
  • Folklore and feminism
  • Personal experience narratives