Western Folklore

Quarterly journal specializing in analysis of regional, national, and international folklore. Also focuses on development and critique of folklore theory.

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 2/3, Spring

Faces in the Fire: Images of Terror in Oral Märchen and in the Wake of September 11
ABSTRACTThe debate over the news coverage of September 11 offers parallels to the century-old fight over the violent imagery of storybook märchen. Do monstrous fairy-tales scar the child who hears them or fortify that child by presenting horror within...
Guest Editor's Introduction: 9/11.And After: Folklore in Times of Terror
Sometime during the days following the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, photographer Erica Uhlenbeck took a photograph of a group of handwritten memorial posters displayed on a stretch of security fencing near ground zero. In...
September 11: The Burden of the Ephemeral
ABSTRACTThis article concentrates on the performativity of the ephemeral in a range of vernacular responses to the events of September 11 in New York City by widening the frame for folkloristic interpretations of tradition and temporality. When random...
The Smiley Gang Panic: Ethnic Legends about Gang Rape in the Netherlands in the Wake of 9/11(1)
ABSTRACTIn public discourse, legend and media are inextricably connected. This case study of post-9/11 gang rape legends in the Netherlands features news items about gang rapes that turn out to be legends. These legends can be read as a public response...
The Sounds of Silence: Foreknowledge, Miracles, Suppressed Narratives, and Terrorism-What Not Telling Might Tell Us
ABSTRACTFocusing on the recurring theme of foreknowledge, this article explores issues of selfcensorship, narrative suppression, and untellability in rumours and legends that circulated in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, in reaction...
They Are among Us and They Are against Us: Contemporary Horror Stories about Muslims and Immigrants in the Netherlands1
ABSTRACTIn contemporary legend and rumour, fact and fiction often mingle. Modern legends and ostensive action can have a tremendous impact on the perception of reality and they can form a barometer for the social climate. For ethnologists and folklorists,...