Folklore & Folklife News Spring
Prof. Dan Ben-Amos Wins National Jewish Book
Ben-Amos, professor of folklore and Asian and Middle Eastern
studies at the University of Pennsylvania, has taken the top prize in
the National Jewish Book Award's Sephardic Culture category for the
book he edited entitled "Folktales of the Jews: Volume 1: Tales from
the Sephardic Dispersion." The first in a five-volume series, it was
also a finalist in the Scholarship category.
Ben-Amos, chair of
Penn's graduate program in folklore and folklife, is the editor of a
series of translations of folklore classics, primarily of the work of
European scholars. He has published many articles on folklore
and the history of the field. His books include "Sweet Words:
Folktales from Benin," "Folklore Genres" and "Cultural Memory and the
Construction of Identity," which he co-edited with Liliane Weissberg.
Jewish Book Council gives the National Jewish Book Awards annually.
Created in 1948, it is the longest running North American awards
program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature and is recognized
as the most prestigious.
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