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Roger returned to Penn in 1986 after being at Texas for 19 years
and at Scripps and Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, California, for
another six. His research interests have included folksong and
ballad, African-American folklore, proverb and riddle study, childrens
folklore, folklore theory and festival and ritual. Since retiring from his position in the English Department in the Spring of 2002, Roger has published two books with Penn Press, The Aesthetics of Everyday Life, and Blues for New Orleans, which he co-authored with Nick Spitzer.
Dr. Coffin was professor of English and an acting member of the
Program of Folklore and Folklife. He is an internationally known
ballad scholar and among his publications are The British
Traditional Ballad in North America; Our Living Traditions;
An Introduction to American Folklore, The Critics
and the Ballad (edited with MacEdward Leach), as well as
Folklore From the Working Folk of America and Parade
of Heroes: Legendary Figures in American Lore, edited with
Brian shared an appointment in Folklore and Folklife and in the
School of Education. He is a world class authority on child development,
with a special focus on how play traditions enter into this process.
He headed an interdisciplinary group on Child Culture at Penn.
Dr. Yoder was our specialist in folklife study (in fact, he brought
that term to its present use in the United States). His life enterprise
has been to bring to notice the folklore and folklife of the Pennsylvania
Germans, and he continues to publish widely in this field. His
book on hex signs came out in the spring of 1989 and his book
The Picture-Bible of Ludwig Denig was published in 1990.
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