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. 77, No. 3/4, Summer/Fall

Edible Men: Playing with Food at Bachelorette Parties
Today the bachelorette party is such a common part of wedding celebrations in North America and beyond that it might be in danger of being taken for granted. Reinforced by decades of practice and popular culture representations, and supported by an industry...
Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers
Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers. By Jon Kay. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016. Pp. xi-131, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. $30.00 paper.)Ethnographic writing has a certain magical...
From the Ethnic to the Public: The Emergence of Chinese New Year Celebrations in Newfoundland as Vernacular Cultural Heritage
INTRODUCTION: THE ETHNIC AS THE VERNACULARDecember 31, 2006 was a special day for the residents of the Canadian Labrador West, because on this day Chinese New Year was the theme of their annual First Night celebration (Bennett 2006:5). Likewise, January...
Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah
Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah. By Yuval Harari. Translated by Batya Stein. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2017. Pp. xiv + 569, foreword, acknowledgements, introduction, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. $64.99 hardbound.Translator...
No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art
No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art. Edited by Laura M. Addison. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2017. Pp. 264, foreword, photographs, notes, bibliography. $50.00 cloth.The objects collectively known as tramp art have long intrigued...
Not Just for Laughs: Parody Recipes in Four Community Cookbooks
Sandwiched between the hardcover cookbooks with glossy pictures of delectable looking desserts and dinners, a dog-eared, soft-covered recipe collection with a fragile-looking plastic spine sits on the kitchen bookshelf beside the stove. This unassuming...
Packy Jim: Folklore and Worldview on the Northern Irish Border
Packy Jim: Folklore and Worldview on the Northern Irish Border. By Ray Cashman. (Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, 2016, Pp. 233, preface and acknowledgments, introduction, illustrations, appendix, notes, bibliography, international motif and legend...
Quilts of Southwest China
Quilts of Southwest China. Edited by Marsha McDowell and Lijun Zhang. (Kunming: Yunnan Nationalities Museum; Guiyang: Guizhou Nationalities Museum; Nanning: Guangxi Museum of Nationalities, 2016. Distributed by Indiana University Press. Pp. iv + 130,...
Selling Folk Music: An Illustrated History
Selling Folk Music: An Illustrated History. Ronald D. Cohen and David Bonner. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2018. ISBN 978-1-62846-215-9. Pp. 1-169, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, photographs, illustrations, notes on illustrations,...
Superman in Myth and Folklore
Superman in Myth and Folklore. By Daniel Peretti. (Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi, 2017. Pp. xiv + 190, foreword, acknowledgments, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. $24.95 hardbound)In a fitting introduction to this project on Superman...
Tasting the Forbidden Fruit as Rite of Passage: Former Mormons Refl Ect on Their First Sips of Alcohol and Coffee
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.-Genesis 3:2-3 (KJV)In...
The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present
The Witch: A History of Fear, From Ancient Times to the Present. By Ronald Hutton. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. Pp. xv + 288, photographs, appendix, notes, index. $30.00 hardcover).In The Witch, Ronald Hutton ambitiously sets out to create...
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