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. 63, No. 4, Fall

Alan Dundes (1934-2005): A Remembrance and an Appreciation
Alan Dundes died on Wednesday, March 30, 2005. He collapsed while teaching a graduate folklore seminar at the University of California, Berkeley, apparently from a heart attack. Though paramedics tried for an hour, they could not resuscitate him.News...
Alan Dundes (1934-2005): In Memoriam
Alan Dundes was a big man in all respects - a giant of international folkloristics, a magnanimous mentor and teacher of thousands of eager students, a respected and admired colleague, a treasured friend, and a special hero in a world in such desperate...
Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997
Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997. Edited by Ronald D. Cohen. (New York: Routledge, 2003. Pp. x + 367, introductions [by Gage Averill, Matthew Barton, Ronald D. Cohen, Ed Kahn, Andrew Kaye], photographs, bibliography, index, CD. $31.95 cloth)Alan...
Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change
Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change. Edited by Norma E. Cantu and Olga Najera-Ramirez. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002. Pp. x + 269, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, bibliography, index. $18.95 paper)¡Enhorabuena, par fin!...
"Deep Play": John Gay and the Invention of Modernity
"Deep Play": John Gay and the Invention of Modernity. By Dianne Dugaw. (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2001. Pp. 322, acknowledgments, prologue-epilogue, illustrations, musical notation, charts, notes, bibliography, index. $48.50 cloth)Once upon...
Dream Catchers: How Mainstream America Discovered Native Spirituality/Feathering Custer/Kokopelli: The Making of an Icon
Dream Catchers: How Mainstream America Discovered Native Spirituality. By Philip Jenkins. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Pp. xiv + 306, preface, notes, index. $28.00 cloth); Feathering Custer. By W. S. Penn. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska...
Dwellings: The Vernacular House Worldwide
Dwellings: The Vernacular House Worldwide. By Paul Oliver. Revised edition. (London and New York: Phaidon Press, 2003. Pp. 288. introduction, photographs, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $59.95 cloth.)Vernacular architecture studies is a meeting-ground...
Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives through the Cookbooks They Wrote
Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives through the Cookbooks They Wrote. By Janet Theophano. (New York: Palgrave, 2002. Pp. xviii +362, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $29.95 cloth, $18.95 paper)In...
Folktales of Northern India
Folktales of Northern India. Edited by Sadhana Naithani. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2002. Pp. 1 + 426, introduction, acknowledgments, notes, index. $45.00 cloth; Indian Ocean Folktales: Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles. Edited by Lee...
Forgotten Fires: Native Americans and the Transient Wilderness/The Nehalem Tillamook: An Ethnography
Forgotten Fires: Native Americans and the Transient Wilderness. By Omer C. Stewart. Edited by Henry T. Lewis and M. Kat Anderson. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002. Pp. xii + 364, introduction, photographs, charts, bibliographies, index, $39.95...
Healing Logics: Culture and Medicine in Modern Health Belief Systems
Healing Logics: Culture and Medicine in Modern Health Belief Systems. Edited by Erika Brady. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2001. Pp. vii + 286, prologue, introduction, bibliography, index. $39.95 cloth, $21.95 paper)This anthology addresses interactions...
Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image/Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon/The Southern Highlander and His Homeland
Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image. By Brooks Blevins. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. Pp. xiv + 340, preface, introduction, photographs, maps, tables, notes, bibliography, index. $55.00 cloth, $19.95 paper);...
Homo Narrans: The Poetics and Anthropology of Oral Literature
Homo Narrans: The Poetics and Anthropology of Oral Literature. By John D. Niles. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. Pp. 280, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. $45.00 cloth)Young scholars of folklore planning to undertake academic...
Mormon Healer and Folk Poet: Mary Susannah Fowler's Life of "Unselfish Usefulness."
Mormon Healer and Folk Poet: Mary Susannah Fowler's Life of "Unselfish Usefulness." By Margaret K. Brady. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2000. Pp. xi + 222, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $44.95 cloth, $21.95 paper)Mary...
On My Honor: Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth
On My Honor: Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth. By Jay Mechling. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001. Pp. xxv + 323, acknowledgments, introduction, map, photographs, notes, index. $30.00 cloth, $19.00 paper)In terms of his qualifications...
Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895
Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895. By Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002. Pp. xvii + 510, acknowledgments, introduction, illustrations, photographs, musical notation, appendices,...
Portrait of America: A Cultural History of the Federal Writers' Project
Portrait of America: A Cultural History of the Federal Writers' Project. By Jerrold Hirsch. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. Pp. xii + 293, preface, introduction, notes, index. $55.00 cloth, $19.95 paper)One of the publications...
Rap Music and Street Consciousness
Rap Music and Street Consciousness. By Cheryl Keyes. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002. Pp. xxv + 303, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, musical notation, glossary, notes, discography, bibliography, indices. $34.95 cloth)As...
Scottish Traveller Tales: Lives Shaped through Stories
Scottish Traveller Tales: Lives Shaped through Stories. By Donald Braid. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002. Pp. xiii + 313, acknowledgments, note on transcriptions, photographs, musical notations, notes, bibliography, index. $42.00 cloth)Donald...
Standing Ground: Yurok Indian Spirituality, 1850-1990
Standing Ground: Yurok Indian Spirituality, 1850-1990. By Thomas Buckley. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. Pp. xii + 325, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $49.95 cloth, $18.95 paper)Thomas Buckley set out to...
Telltale Stories from Central America: Cultural Heritage, Political Systems, and Resistance in Developing Countries
Telltale Stories from Central America: Cultural Heritage, Political Systems, and Resistance in Developing Countries. By Samuel Z. Stone. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001. Pp. xvi + 264, preface, introduction, illustrations, notes, bibliography,...
The 2004 Archer Taylor Memorial Lecture: Focusing In: Film and the Survival of Folklore Studies in the 21st Century
I am pleased and honored that the California Folklore Society has invited me to deliver this year's Archer Taylor Memorial Lecture. In addition, I am delighted to once again be here in Los Angeles where I received my Master's degree in Folklore and Mythology...
The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales/Popular Tales and Fictions: Their Migrations and Transformations
The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales. By Maria Tatar. Expanded second edition. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003. Pp. xxxvi + 325, prefaces, illustrations, appendices, notes, indices. $17.95 paper); Popular Tales and Fictions: Their Migrations...
Violence and the Body: Race, Gender, and the State/Worship and Wilderness: Culture, Religion, and Law in the Management of Public Lands and Resources
Violence and the Body: Race, Gender, and the State. Edited by Arturo J. Aldama. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003. Pp. vii + 452, foreword, index. $29.95 paper); Worship and Wilderness: Culture, Religion, and Law in the Management of Public...
Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment through Narrative
Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment through Narrative. By Elaine J. Lawless. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2001. Pp. xxi + 249, acknowledgments, prelude, prologue, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $32.50 cloth, $17.50 paper)This...
Working Cures: Healing, Health, and Power on Southern Slave Plantations
Working Cures: Healing, Health, and Power on Southern Slave Plantations. By Sharla M. Fett. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. Pp. xii + 304, preface, acknowledgments, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $45.00 cloth, $19.95...