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. 68, No. 1, Winter

Appalachian Home Cooking: History, Culture, and Recipes
Appalachian Home Cooking: History, Culture, and Recipes. By Mark F. Sohn. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2005. Pp. xviii + 346, foreword, preface, acknowledgments, map, photographs, appendices, bibliography, index. $26.00 paper)Mark F. Sohn's...
Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country
Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country. By Brian Joseph Gilley. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006. Pp. xiv + 214, preface, acknowledgments, notes, bibliography, index. $16.95 paper)"Two-Spirit" represents...
Campus Legends: A Handbook
Campus Legends: A Handbook. By Elizabeth Tucker. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. Pp. viii + 214, preface, introduction, photographs, glossary, notes, bibliography, Web resources, index. $57.95 cloth)With Campus legends: A Handbook, Elizabeth Tucker...
Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors
Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors. Edited by Sue Fawn Chung and Priscilla Wegars. (Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2005. Pp. ? + 308, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, figures, tables, notes, bibliography,...
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. By Kwame Anthony Appiah. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2006. Pp. xxii + 196, preface, introduction, acknowledgments, notes, index. $24.95 cloth, $15.95 paper)Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism is meant...
Do Glaciers Listen?: Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination
Do Glaciers Listen?: Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination. By Julie Cruikshank. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2005; Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006. Pp. xii + 316, acknowledgments, introduction,...
Editor's Note
Words on a page are small thanks for years of service guiding Western Folklore. Words are, however, the primary currency of researchers in folklore and beyond. With our new review editor, Lisa Gabbert, I offer my deepest thanks and gratitude to Sabina...
Encyclopedia of Appalachia
Encyclopedia ofAppalachia. Edited by Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. Pp. xxviii + 1,832, foreword, appreciation, acknowledgments, introduction, maps, photographs, illustrations, indices. $79.95 cloth);...
Female Circumcision: Multicultural Perspectives
Female Circumcision: Multicultural Perspectives. Edited by Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006. Pp. vi + 290, introduction, notes, bibliography, contributors, index, acknowledgments. $39.95 cloth, $19.95 paper)In...
Gender and Story in South India
Gender and Story in South India. Edited by Leela Prasad, Ruth B. Bottigheimer, and Lalita Handoo. (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006. Pp. viii + 152, acknowledgments, map, chapter notes, chapter bibliographies. $45.00 cloth, $18.95 paper)This...
Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History
Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History. By Rosemary Radford Ruether. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. Pp. ? + 382; acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $29.95 cloth,...
Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife
Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife. Edited by William M. Clements. 4 Vols. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. Pp. 1,972, foreword, preface, introduction, acknowledgments, contributors, maps, photographs, illustrations, bibliographies,...
Indo-European Space: Vedic and Roman Cult
Indo-European Space: Vedic and Roman Cult. By Roger D. Woodard. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006. Pp. xiv + 298, preface, acknowledgments, figures, notes, bibliography, index. $50.00 cloth)According to ancient urban legend - as conveyed by...
Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers
Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers. By Barry Lee Pearson. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005. Pp. xxxiv + 234, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. $45.00 cloth, $19.95 paper)Jook Right...
Killing the Indian Maiden: Images of Native American Women in Film
Killing the Indian Maiden: Images of Native American Women in Film. By M. Elise Marubbio. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006. Pp. xiv + 298, preface, introduction, photographs, illustration, notes, filmography, bibliography, index. $50.00...
Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World's Most Elusive Creatures
Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World's Most Elusive Creatures. By Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006. Pp. 190, foreword, acknowledgments, introduction, maps, photographs, illustrations, appendices,...
Little Zion: A Church Baptized by Fire
Little Zion: A Church Baptized by Fire. By Shelly O'Foran. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Pp. xx + 266, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. $49.95 cloth, $19.95 paper)Shelly...
Lonely Ranchers, Solitary Students, and Angry Governors: Personal Vulnerability and Community Conflict in Yaqui Emotion Talk
ABSTRACTThis article explores emotion discourses in a northern Mexican community. For Yaqui Indians, extreme emotional states are considered perilous: "anger" and "sadness" threaten community and jeopardize the self. The folklore of emotion - verbal...
Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities
Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities. Edited by Simon J. Bronner. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. Pp. xxv + 383, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, notes, bibliographies, afterword by Alan Dundes,...
Mexican National Identity: Memory, Innuendo, and Popular Culture
Mexican National Identity: Memory, Innuendo, and Popular Culture. By William H. Beezley. (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2008. Pp. xiv + 206, preface, acknowledgments, photographs, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $55.00 cloth, $24.95...
Music, Postcolonialism, and Gender: The Construction of Irish National Identity, 1725-1874
Music, Postcolonialism, and Gender: The Construction of Irish National Identity, 1725-1874. By Leith Davis. (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006. Pp. xvi + 326, acknowledgments, introduction, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $65.00...
New Directions in Oral Theory: Essays on Ancient and Medieval Literatures
New Directions in Oral Theory: Essays on Ancient and Medieval Literatures. Edited by Mark C. Amodio. (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005. Pp. ? + 341, acknowledgments, introduction, bibliography. $40.00 cloth)This well-edited...
People of the River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory
People of the River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory. By Bill Mercer. (Portland: Portland Museum of Art, in association with the University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2005. Pp. 191, forewords, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, bibliography....
Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music
Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music. By James P. Leary. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. Pp. xii + 260, preface, photographs, maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, compact disc. $50.00 cloth)First...
Proverbs Are the Best Policy: Folk Wisdom and American Politics
Proverbs Are the Best Policy: Folk Wisdom and American Politics. By Wolfgang Mieder. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2005. Pp. xvi + 323, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, indices. $24.95 paper)Widely regarded as the world's foremost...
Sing It Pretty: A Memoir
Sing It Pretty: A Memoir. By Bess Lomax Hawes. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008. Pp. 182, photographs, chronology, index. $65.00 cloth, $19.95 paper)In her retirement, Bess Lomax Hawes can look back on an extraordinarily rich life. As a musician,...
South Asian Folklore: A Handbook
South Asian Folklore: A Handbook. By Frank J. Korom. (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2006. Pp. ? + 225, preface, introduction, photographs, illustrations, chapter notes, glossary, bibliography, web resources, index. $55.00 cloth)In South Asian Folklore: A...
The Birth of Fingerling as a Feminine Projection: Maternal Psychological Mechanisms in the Fingerling Fairy Tale
ABSTRACTTale Type AT 700, named "Tom Thumb," is presented as an expression of maternal psychological mechanisms and of experiences that relate to the early mother-son relationship. The underdeveloped figure is presented as an expression of maternal-symbiotic...
The Human Hambone
The Human Hambone. Produced by Ed Bedrosian and Cameron Burr. Directed by Mark Morgan. (Brooklyn, NY: First Run/Icarus Films, 2005. $298.00 DVD or VHS 47 min, $198.00 VHS 30 min)An informative and entertaining documentary, The Human Hambone explores...
The Lotus Dickey Songbook
The Lotus Dickey Songbook. Rev. ed. Edited by Nancy C. McEntire, Grey Larsen, and Janne Henshaw. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. Pp. xiv + 268, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, musical notation, music CD, notes,...
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Volume 1: Religion. Edited by Samuel S. Hill. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Pp. xx + 248, introductions, photographs, illustrations, indices. $39.95 cloth, $19.95 paper)The well-received...
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Volume 2: Geography. Edited by Richard Pillsbury. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Pp xx. + 224, introductions, maps, figures, tables, photographs, indices. $39.95 cloth, $19.95 paper)Working...
The Ritualesque: Festival, Politics, and Popular Culture
ABSTRACTIn this article I examine emergent acts that can be identified as forms of mumming or related to ritual house assaults and rough music. I question the nature of this linkage in terms of traditionality. I further suggest many events and symbolic...
Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal
Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal. By FrankJ. Korom. Photographs by Paul J. Smutko. (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, published in association with the International Museum of Folk Art, 2006. Pp. 119, acknowledgments, photographs,...
Vodou Nation: Haitian Art Music and Cultural Nationalism
Vodou Nation: Haitian Art Music and Cultural Nationalism. By Michael Largey. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. Pp. xvi + 284, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, musical notation, glossary, notes, bibliography, index....
When the River Ran Wild!: Indian Traditions on the Mid-Columbia and the Warm Springs Reservation
When the River Ran Wild!: Indian Traditions on the Mid-Columbia and the Warm Springs Reservation. By George W. S. Aguilar, Sr. Foreword byjarold Ramsey. (Portland: Oregon Historical Society Press in association with the University of Washington Press,...
Working-Class White: The Making and Unmaking of Race Relations
Working-Class White: The Making and Unmaking of Race Relations. By Monica McDermott. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. Pp. xiv + 198, preface and acknowledgments, introduction, tables, appendices, notes, bibliography, index. $55.00 cloth,...
Yoruba Proverbs
Yoruba Proverbs. By Oyekan Owomoyela. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. Pp. xii + 502, acknowledgments, introduction, bibliography. $29.95 paper)Oyekan Owomoyela's massive collection of over five thousand Yoruba proverbs is the largest of...
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