Frank  de Caro 

Emeritus Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): 1963, St. Francis College (New York)
Master's Degree: 1964, Johns Hopkins University
PhD: 1972, Indiana University
Phone: (504)897-0751


Area of Interest

Folklore, folklore and literature, Louisiana folklore and folklife, narrative

Awards & Honors

Fellow, American Folklore Society; Louisiana State University Outstanding    Faculty Award; grants from National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Louisiana Folklore Society, Louisiana State Sea Grant

Selected Publications


Folklore Recycled: Old Traditions in New Contexts.  Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013.

Stories of Our Lives: Memory, History, Narrative.  Logan and Boulder: Utah State University Press and University Press of Colorado, 2013.

An Anthology of American Folktales and Legends. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2009.   (Editor)

The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists.  Logan: Utah State University Press, 2008.  (Editor)

Re-Situating Folklore: Folk Contexts in 20th Century Literature and Art.  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2004.  (Co-author)

Louisiana Sojourns: Travelers’ Tales and Literary Journeys.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998.  (Editor)

The Folktale Cat.  Little Rock: August House, 1993.  Reprint New York: Barnes and Noble, 1995.  (Editor)

Folklife in Louisiana Photography: Images of Tradition.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1990.

Women and Folklore: A Bibliographical Survey.  Westport, CT, and London: Greenwood Press, 1983.

American Proverb Literature: A Bibliography.  Bloomington: Folklore Forum, 1970.  (Co-author)

Articles and Reviews:  

Numerous articles and reviews in Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore, Southern Folklore, Journal of Folklore Research, Journal of the Folklore Institute, International Folklore Review, Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, Signs, Louisiana Review, Journal of Popular Culture, Xavier Review, Cuadernos Instituto de Antropologia, Fabula, Proverbium, Folklore Forum, Indiana Folklore, Kipling Journal, Arkansas Review, South Central Review, and others.