Tall Tales and Sales
Contribution to Book
Worldviews and the American West: The Life of the Place Itself
Utah State University Press
Is there anything significant left to say about tall tales? The apparent simplicity of the genre and the vast literature already written about it, some of which will be addressed below, might lead one to think that the answer must be no. Yet, as is the case with folklore generally, just when we think our "simple" subject has been exhausted, we discover new layers of meaning tucked away in a tale, in silence, or in newly emerging uses.
“Tall Tales and Sales.” Worldviews and the American West: The Life of the Place Itself. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2000, with Polly Stewart, C.W. Sullivan III, and Suzi Jones. Pp. 87-104