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. 78, No. 2/3, Spring/Summer

Agency and Patriarchy in Carpatho-Rusyn Werewolf Stories
Folklore is performative, and gender is an important part of who the performers are. Even in seemingly gender-neutral narrative genres of folklore, storytellers' gender impacts the narration in an important way. Raby (2007), Mathews (1992, 2005), and...
Black Lives Matter & Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection
Black Lives Matter & Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection. Edited by Fernando Orejuela and Stephanie Shonekan. Foreword by Portia K. Maultsby. (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2018. pp. ix-126, foreword, acknowledgements, index, pictures....
City of Neighborhoods: Memory, Folklore, and Ethnic Place in Boston
City of Neighborhoods: Memory, Folklore, and Ethnic Place in Boston. Anthony Bak Buccitelli. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2016. Pp. 237 with acknowledgements, illustrations, notes, bibliography, and index. $65. Hardbound)It has often been...
Framing Sukkot
Framing Sukkot. By Gabrielle Anna Berlinger. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017. Pp. xiv + 250, acknowledgements, introduction, photographs, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $36.00 paper.)Amidst the tents, booths, and other transient...
Going Viral
Going Viral. Dahlia Schweitzer. (Rutgers University Press, 2018. Pp. viii + 238, acknowledgements, introduction, photographs, notes, index. $27.95 paper.)Viral outbreak narratives have been a staple of American cinema and television for the past 30 years....
"I Know History" Experience, Belief and Politics in the Post-Socialist Diaspora
When Russian military troops entered Crimea in February 2014, social media became a battlefield between pro-Ukraine and pro-Russia supporters.1 I unwittingly provoked a battle of my own by naively posting letters on Russian-language forums, calling upon...
On Second Thought: Learned Women Refl Ect on Profession, Community, and Purpose
On Second Thought: Learned Women Refl ect on Profession, Community, and Purpose. Edited by Luisa Del Giudice. (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017. Pp. v + 352, acknowledgements, introduction, notes, references, list of contributors, index....
Pentecostals in America
Pentecostals in America. By Arlene M. Sánchez Walsh. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. Pp. xxix + 155, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $28.16 paper.)In the early 1980s, when folklorist Elaine Lawless was conducting...
Pinery Boys: Songs and Songcatching in the Lumberjack Era
Pinery Boys: Songs and Songcatching in the Lumberjack Era. Edited by Franz Rickaby with Gretchen Dykstra and James P. Leary. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2017. Pp. 356, introduction, biographical article, preface, inventory of notes, glossary,...
Prehistoric Games of North American Indians Subarctic to Mesoamerica
Prehistoric Games of North American Indians Subarctic to Mesoamerica. Edited by Barbara Voorhies. (The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. 2017. Pp. vii +369, list of figures, list of tables, foreword, introduction, post-game remarks, contributors,...
Quilts and Health
Quilts and Health by Marsha MacDowell, Clare Luz, and Beth Donaldson. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017. Pp. xix + 217, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. $40.00 hardbound.)Quilts and Health offers a long...
The Annotated African American Folktales
The Annotated African American Folktales, Edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar. (New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton and Company, 2018. Pp liii + 651, acknowledgements, foreword, introduction, notes, illustrations,...
The First Book of Jewish Jokes: The Collection of L. M. Büschenthal
The First Book of Jewish Jokes: The Collection of L. M. Büschenthal. Edited by Elliott Oring, translated by Michaela Lang, with annotations by Anastasiya Astapova, Tsafi Sebba-Elran, Elliott Oring, Dan Ben-Amos, Larisa Privalskaya, and Ilze Akerbergs....
Verbal Markets and Games in the eValuation of Myth, with an Appeal to Hermes, Aesop, and Virtual Worlds
A sculptor was trying to sell a marble statue of Hermes which he had just carved and two men were thinking of buying it. One of them wanted it for a gravestone, since his son had recently died, and the other, an artisan, intended to set it up as an image...
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