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Cal State L.A. Folklorist is Authority on Humor

Los Angeles, CA - Elliott Oring, professor of Anthropology at California State University, Los Angeles, is an internationally known folklorist and authority on humor. He is particularly interested in the interpretation of modern joke cycles as well as the role of joking in inter-ethnic communication. He has published widely on the topics of folklore, humor, and cultural symbolism. His books include Jokes and Their Relations, The Jokes of Sigmund Freud, and the two-volume series Folk Groups and Folklore Genres. Folk Groups and Folklore Genres, published by Utah State University Press, is required reading in folklore courses across the nation. His collection is in the Utah State University Fife Folklore Archives, recognized as one of the best folklore archives in the country. Professor Oring received his Ph.D. from Indiana State University.

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