Dan Ben-Amos

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Professor of Folklore and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Contact Information
Office Address: 
835 Williams Hall
Phone: 
(215) 898-5857
Fax: 
(215) 573-9617
Email Address: 
dbamos@sas.upenn.edu

Dan Ben-Amos is a specialist in folklore and folklife, trained in the comparativist tradition in Jerusalem and at Indiana University at Bloomington. He is the editor of a series of translations of folklore classics, primarily by European scholars. He has published many articles on folklore theory and the history of the field. His books include Sweet Words: Folktales from BeninFolklore Genres and Cultural Memory and the Construction of Identity, which he co-edited with Liliane Weissberg. In 2006, his edited volume, Folktales of the Jews: Volume 1: Tales from the Sephardic Dispersion, was awarded the top prize in the National Jewish Book Award's Sephardic Culture category. 

Education: 

Ph.D., 1967, Indiana University
M.A., 1964, Indiana University, M.A.
B.A., 1961, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. B.A.

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Professor Ben-Amos's work focuses on Jewish folklore, African folklore, Prose Narrative, Proverbs, Theories of Myth as well as Structural Analysis.