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. 65, No. 3, Summer

Alaska's Daughter: An Eskimo Memoir of the Early Twentieth Century
Alaska's Daughter: An Eskimo Memoir of the Early Twentieth Century. By Elizabeth Bernhardt Pinson. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2004. Pp. x + 212, foreword, photographs, map, bibliography, index. $42.95 cloth, $19.95 paper)In this memoir of growing...
Altered Lives, Enduring Community: Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration
Altered Lives, Enduring Community: Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration. By Stephen S. Fugita and Marilyn Fernandez. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004. Pp. x + 253, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, tables,...
American Regional Folklore: A Sourcebook and Research Guide
American Regional Folklore: A Sourcebook and Research Guide. By Terry Ann Mood. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004. Pp. xxii + 475, acknowledgments, introduction, maps, index. $85.00 cloth, $90.00 eBook, $130.00 both)Despite the fact that its publication...
Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults
Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults. By Janja Lalich. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. Pp. xxiv + 329, illustrations, notes, appendix, acknowledgments, index. $21.95 paper)Reflexive research is tricky business. In doing...
Charms and Charming in Europe/English Verbal Charms
Charms and Charming in Europe. Edited by Jonathan Roper. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Pp. x+ 233, introduction, chapter notes, index. $74.95 cloth);English Verbal Charms. By Jonathan Roper. (Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, Folklore...
Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible and the American South
Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible and the American South. Edited by Carol Crown. (Memphis: Art Museum of the University of Memphis, in association with the University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 2004. Pp. 215, foreword, acknowledgments,...
Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest
Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest. By Linda Carlson. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003. Pp. viii + 286, acknowledgments, map, photographs, illustrations, gazetteer, notes, bibliography, index. $22.50 paper)The village of Foster, Oregon,...
Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942
Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942. By Tony Russell, with editorial research by Bob Pinson, assisted by the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Pp. xi + 1183, acknowledgments, introduction,...
Culinary Tourism
Culinary Tourism. Edited by Lucy M. Long. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003. Pp. xiv + 306, acknowledgments, foreword, introduction, photographs, index. $35.00 cloth)Folklorist Lucy Long's collection of essays represents an ambitious undertaking,...
Death at an Early Age and the Urban Scene: The Case for Memorial Murals and Community Healing
Death at an Early Age and the Urban Scene: The Case for Memorial Murals and Community Healing. By Melvin Delgado. (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003. Pp. xiii + 186, acknowledgments, introduction, bibliography, indices. $72.95 cloth)Melvin Delgado, a professor...
Engaging Humor
Engaging Humor. By Elliott Oring. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003. Pp. xii + 208, preface, appendix, notes, index. $29.95 cloth)Elliot Oring opens this book with a strong statement that explains why one should study humor-not because it is...
Folk Song: Tradition, Revival, and Re-Creation
Folk Song: Tradition, Revival, and Re-Creation. Edited by Ian Russell and David Atkinson. (Aberdeen: Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, 2004. Pp. 550, introductions, photographs, illustrations, maps, tables, musical notation, bibliography,...
Identity and Everyday Life: Essays in the Study of Folklore, Music, and Popular Culture
Identity and Everyday Life: Essays in the Study of Folklore, Music, and Popular Culture. By Harris M. Berger and Giovanna P. Del Negro. (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004. Pp. xviii + 185, preface, acknowledgments, notes, bibliography,...
Manliness and Its Discontents: The Black Middle Class and the Transformation of Masculinity, 1900-1930
Manliness and Its Discontents: The Black Middle Class and the Transformation of Masculinity, 1900-1930. By Martin Summers. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. Pp. xiii + 380, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, notes, bibliography,...
National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England
National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England. By Jennifer Schacker. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. Pp. 198, introduction, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, acknowledgments. $22.50 paper)In...
New Orleans Mardi Gras and Gender in Three Krewes: Rex, the Truck Parades, and Muses
Mardi Gras thus provides a case study of the complexities of cultural change. Carnival was not merely a diversion, or even a simple reflection of society. Cross-dressing, racial disguise, and manipulation of carnivalesque symbols reveal a struggle over...
"No Struggle, No Progress": Frederick Douglass and His Proverbial Rhetoric for Civil Rights
"No Struggle, No Progress": Frederick Douglass and His Proverbial Rhetoric for Civil Rights. By Wolfgang Mieder. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2001. Pp. viii + 532, preface. $79.95 cloth)Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) is one of the most important...
Once upon a Virus: AIDS Legends and Vernacular Risk Perception
Once Upon a Virus: AIDS Legends and Vernacular Risk Perception. By Diane E. Goldstein. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2004. Pp. xvi + 210, acknowledgments, introduction, illustration, bibliography, indices. $39.95 cloth, $19.95 paper)Once Upon...
Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America/Working-Class Heroes: Protecting Home, Community, and Nation in a Chicago Neighborhood
Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America. By Amy Johnson Frykholm. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Pp. x + 224, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $29.95 cloth); Working-Class Heroes: Protecting Home, Community,...
Re-Situating Folklore: Folk Contexts and Twentieth-Century Literature and Art
Re-Situating Folklore: Folk Contexts and Twentieth-Century Literature and Art. By Frank de Caro and Rosan Augusta Jordan. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2004. Pp. x + 332, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, notes,...
Tales from Kentucky Lawyers
Tales from Kentucky Lawyers. By William Lynwood Montell. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003. Pp. 264, introduction. $25.00 cloth); Tales from Tennessee Lawyers. By William Lynwood Montell. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2005. Pp....
The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West
The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West. By Barre Toelken. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2003. Pp. xii + 204, acknowledgments, prologue, photographs, notes, index. $39.96 cloth, $22.95 paper)In 1989, the National Museum of...
The Netherlandish Proverbs: An International Symposium on the Pieter Brueg(h)els
The Netherlandish Proverbs: An International Symposium on the Pieter Brueg(h)els. Edited by Wolfgang Mieder. (Burlington: University of Vermont, 2004. Pp. 241, preface, introduction, plates, illustrations. $15.00 cloth)The indefatigable Wolfgang Mieder...
The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town: Folklore and the Performance of Modernity
The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town: Folklore and the Performance of Modernity. By Giovanna P. Del Negro. (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004. Pp. xiii + 183; acknowledgments, photographs, diagram, appendix, notes, bibliography,...
"The Proof of the Proverb Is in the Probing": Alan Dundes as Pioneering Paremiologist
A tribute to my hero and friend.There is no doubt that Alan Dundes (1934-2005) was one of the giants of international folkloristics whose voluminous publications and lectures delivered around the world touched thousands of scholars and students of folklore....
Tolkien and the Invention of Myth: A Reader
Tolkien and the Invention of Myth: A Reader. Edited by Jane Chance. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004. Pp. xx + 340, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $35.00 cloth)While it seems that many professional folklorists...
Voices from Four Directions: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America
Voices from Four Directions: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America. Edited by Brian Swann. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004. Pp. xxii + 617, introduction, contributors, index. $70.00 cloth, $27.50 paper)Voices...
Voices of Modernity: Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality
Voices of Modernity: Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality. By Richard Bauman and Charles L. Briggs. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Pp. xvi + 358, preface, introduction, illustration, bibliography, index. $70.00 cloth, $27.99...
Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965/gay Seattle: Stories of Exile and Belonging/The Courage to Connect: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Community in Provincetown
Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965. By Nan Alamilla Boyd. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. Pp. xii + 321, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, maps, appendices, notes, index. $27.50 cloth, $16.95 paper); Gay...
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