Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

The New York Folklore Society Features "Legends and Tales" at Its 2011 Annual Conference

Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

The New York Folklore Society Features "Legends and Tales" at Its 2011 Annual Conference

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On Saturday, November 12, 2011, the New York Folklore Society hosted its Annual Conference around the theme of "Legends and Tales." The conference was held at Binghamton University and included graduate student presentations, a public sector folklore panel, storytelling, readings, and great discussions.

The morning began with two graduate student panels, "The Fabled and the Fabulous," and "Legendary Transformations." The papers presented were thoughtful explorations into a range of topics, including folkloric perspectives on Shakespeare, the blues, film narratives, and legends, both historical and urban. Each paper session was followed by a lively question-and-answer period.

The keynote for the conference was presented by Dr. Elizabeth Tucker, folklorist and professor of English at Binghamton University. "Haunted Halls, Mansions, and Riverbanks: Legends of the Southern Tier" drew upon Tucker's wealth of research into the folklore of the Southern Tier, and she shared many local hauntings, sightings, and legends that she had collected over the years.

Next, novelist Jaimee Wriston Colbert, also on the faculty at Binghamton University as professor of English and creative writing, read from her work, Shark Girls. The novel, set in Hawaii where Colbert grew up, weaves bits of local folklore into a story about a girl attacked by a shark.

We were pleased to invite two esteemed panelists, Dr. Kay Turner and Dr. Constance Sullivan-Blum, to contribute to the public sector folklore panel "Collecting Narratives after Disaster Strikes. …

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