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. 64, No. 3/4, Summer

A History of Cooks and Cooking
A History of Cooks and Cooking. By Michael Symons. (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, [1998] 2004. Pp. xii + 388, preface, introduction, illustrations, acknowledgments, bibliography, index. $30.00 cloth, $25.00 paper)Most folklorists would appreciate...
Bakhtin's Barbershop: Film as Folklorist
In character as Eddie, the elder among a group of barbers who work in an African-American shop on Chicago's Southside, Cedric the Entertainer limps as he paces before his audience of coworkers and customers. He has just called into question Rosa Parks's...
Beyond Communitas: Cinematic Food Events and the Negotiation of Power, Belonging, and Exclusion
Many classic studies of foodways by folklorists and other scholars have effectively shown the sophisticated ways in which food functions to foster a heightened sense of group cohesion. Owing to the ethnographic tradition of representing cultures in a...
Botánica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art in the City of Angels
Botánica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art in the City of Angels. By Patrick Arthur Polk, et al. (Seattle: University of Washington Press / UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 2004). Pp. 140, foreword, acknowledgments, introduction, map,...
Carville: Remembering Leprosy in America
Carville: Remembering Leprosy in America. By Marcia Gaudet. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004. Pp. xv + 221, foreword, preface, introduction, map, photographs, illustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography, index. $28.00 cloth)A collection...
Choctaw Tales
Choctaw Tales. Collected and annotated by Tom Mould. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004. Pp. Ixii + 290, foreword by Chief Phillip Martin, preface, introduction, photographs, chart, annotations, notes, bibliography, index. $50.00 cloth,...
Cultural Democracy: The Arts, Community, and the Public Purpose
Cultural Democracy: The Arts, Community, and the Public Purpose. By James Bau Graves. (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2005. Pp. xii + 256, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, charts, table, notes, bibliography, index. $45.00 cloth,...
"Did the Cameraman Film You?" Finding the Folk in H. Lee Waters's Movies of Local People
In 1936, Herbert Lee Waters, a commercial studio photographer in the small city of Lexington, North Carolina, decided to try something different. He took the 16mm camera he had used to make home movies, went to the nearby mill village of Cooleemee, and...
Eskimo Drawings
Eskimo Drawings. Edited by Suzi Jones. (Anchorage: Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 2004. Pp. 208, foreword, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, map, notes, bibliography, index. $24.95 paper) ; Upside Down: Seasons among the...
Filmic Folklore and Chinese Cultural Identity
INTRODUCTIONChinese folklore has played a key role in reconstructing or reinforcing stereotypes toward Chinese culture and people since the 1980s, which is particularly apparent through those films popular in the West. While there has been broad interest...
Folklore in Utah: A History and Guide to Resources
Folklore in Utah: A History and Guide to Resources. Edited by David Stanley. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2004. Pp. 352, preface, photographs, appendices, bibliography, indices. $24.95 paper)Folklore in Utah is an ambitious collection of forty...
Introduction: An Expanded View of Film and Folklore
In what ways might popular film be studied as folklore? What topics emerge from this question? The co-editors of this volume, who are both folklorists and scholars of film, had addressed film and folklore from several different angles in their published...
John Wayne's Teeth: Speech, Sound and Representation in Smoke Signals and Imagining Indians
The emergence of independent indigenous film and video raises important questions about the relationship between folklore and film and between indigenous minority filmmaking and dominant (especially Hollywood) systems, representations, and genres. How...
Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park
Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park. By Paul Schullery and Lee Whittlesey. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. Pp. xi + 125, acknowledgments, introduction, illustrations, photographs, appendix, notes, index. $22.00...
Naked Barbies, Warrior Joes, and Other Forms of Visible Gender
Naked Barbies, Warrior Joes, and Other Forms of Visible Gender. By Jeannie Banks Thomas. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003. Pp. x + 217, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $39.95 cloth, $21.95 paper)This book sets out...
Objects and Meaning: New Perspectives on Art and Craft
Objects and Meaning: New Perspectives on Art and Craft. Edited by M. Anna Fariello and Paula Owen. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2004. Pp. viii + 235, preface, notes, photographs. $45.00 cloth)Thirteen essays are gathered in this slim volume, organized...
Of Corpse: Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture
Of Corpse: Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture. Edited by Peter Narvaez. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2003. Pp. vii + 358, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $24.95 paper)Peter Narváez...
Robert Johnson: Lost and Found
Robert Johnson: Lost and Found. By Barry Lee Pearson and Bill McCulloch. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003. Pp. xii + 142, preface, acknowledgments, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. $24.95 cloth); Robert Johnson: Mythmaking and Contemporary...
Telling Stories the Kiowa Way
Telling Stories the Kiowa Way. By Gus Palmer, Jr. (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003. Pp. xxx + 146, acknowledgments, introduction, pronunciation guide, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. $35.00 cloth, $17.95 paper)Inoculating ethnographic...
The Final Frontier Is Queer: Aberrancy, Archetype and Audience Generated Folklore in K/S Slashfiction
"Who needs a theory of deviance? Why? What about a theory of 'normalcy'?"(Esther Newton 1979:xv)"Shut up . . . we're by no means setting a precedent. "[The first sentence of the first printed K/S story](Marchant, quoted in J. Sinclair nd: np)1Known by...
"The Hair That Wasn't There Before": Demystifying Monstrosity and Menstruation in Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps Unleashed
Given that they inherit many distinguishing features from oral narratives-the use of archetypal characters, recurring themes, reconstructions, prequels, and sequels-one could argue that the "art" of the werewolf film is, for the most part, the art of...
The Non-Existent Manuscript: A Study of the Protocols of the Sages of Zion
The Non-Existent Manuscript: A Study of the Protocols of the Sages of Zion. By Cesare G. De Michelis. Translated by Richard Newhouse. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004. Pp. 419, introduction, charts, notes, appendix, bibliography, index. $55.00...
The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang
The Oxford Dictionary of Rhyming Slang. By John Ayto. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Pp. xvii + 309, introduction, index. £7.99 paper)Rhyming slang is a problem for Londoners like myself. On the one hand, we know that it was in the past a genuine...
The Women of Country Music: A Reader
The Women of Country Music: A Reader. Edited by Charles K. Wolfe and James E. Akenson. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003. Pp. ix + 229, introduction, photographs, illustrations, tables, map. $28.00 cloth)The Women of Country Music: A Reader,...
"This Is Reality. Right Now, Right Here. So Be Real" Reality Television and the Amish "Other"
Traditionally, the term "ethnography" carries with it connotations of the academic. However, recent work in visual ethnography has expanded the genre beyond the confines of simply observing and documenting the "other" to include texts that blur the boundaries...
Types of the Folktale in the Arab World: A Demographically Oriented Tale-Type Index
Types of the Folktale in the Arab World: A Demographically Oriented Tale-Type Index. By Hasan M. El-Shamy. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. Pp. xxviii + 1255, acknowledgments, introduction, bibliographies, indices, addendum. $75.00 cloth)Hasan...
Voices of the Buffalo Soldier: Records, Reports, and Recollections of Military Life and Service in the West
Voices of the Buffalo Soldier: Records, Reports, and Recollections of Military Life and Service in the West. By Frank N. Schubert. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003. Pp. xi + 281, acknowledgments, introduction, maps, photographs, illustrations,...
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