Academic journal article Western Folklore

Editor's Comment

Academic journal article Western Folklore

Editor's Comment

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As Western Folklore moves (somewhat tardily) into the new millennium, I want to take this opportunity to thank the most recent previous editors, first Joseph Falaky Nagy, then Peter Tokofsky and Colin Quigley for their hard work keeping the journal alive. As thankless as the editorial task may seem to incumbent editors, I am sure I speak for the California Folklore Society and all our readers when I say that we do indeed thank them, that we value their service highly, and that we appreciate the long hours and energy they have expended on our behalf. This goes as well for the excellent book and film reviews edited by Peter Tokofsky and Timothy R. Tangherlini and the editorial assistance provided by Denise A. Kozilowski and Montana Miller, not to mention countless hours of critique provided by unnamed and unsung referees. In an era when other leading folklore journals have faded and folded, Western Folklore has survived, thanks to these colleagues who have labored persistently in its cause.

This new incarnation of Western Folklore includes not only a new cover (designed by Nancy Banks of Paris) and a new production process (developed by Michael Spooner, Director of USU Press), but a new and expanded editorial board reflecting the regional reach of the journal's (and the California Folklore Society's) most active associates. However, this regional spread of editors does not suggest a geographical limitation on the articles we wish to publish; we will continue to welcome all thoughtful, well-researched, and well-written essays that deal primarily with folklore. Naturally, we want to include articles that focus on the folklore of the American West or that represent the work being done by folklorists in this region, but beyond that we want to support and nurture the best of folklore scholarship generally. I also plan to invite special essays from scholars in neighboring fields (e.g. anthropology, social history, literature) in an attempt to promote some collegial discussion by asking them to assess the role of folklore in their areas. As well, I encourage folklorists to submit essays on their use of these and other fields' perspectives. Western Folklore is a refereed journal, and while the identities of specific referees remain undisclosed during the evaluation process, they will be listed together and honored by a note of thanks at the end of each publication year. …

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