Articles on folklore and more

Maine: Stories and Folk Arts

2000. “Exuberance in Control: The Dialogue of Ideas in the Tales and Fan Towers of Woodsman William Richard of Phillips, Maine.” In Northeast Folklore: Essays in Honor of Edward D. Ives, ed. Pauleena MacDougall and David Taylor, 265-295. Orono: University of Maine Press.  [Book chapter in PDF]

2000. “‘Just call me Sandy, son’: Poet Jeep Wilcox’s tribute to Sandy Ives.” In Northeast Folklore: Essays in Honor of Edward D. Ives, ed. Pauleena MacDougall and David Taylor. Orono: University of Maine Press.  [Book chapter in PDF]

1999. ” ‘If we don’t joke with each other, we won’t have no fun, will we?’ Storytelling in the Richard Family of Rangeley, Maine.” In Traditional Storytelling Today, ed. Margaret Read MacDonald. [Article in PDF]

1998. Co-editor with Kathleen Mundell. Author of introduction, bibliography. Author of main section, with Vicki Rackliffe and others. Rangeley Lakes Region Cultural Inventory. Augusta: Maine Arts Commission. 32 pp. Booklet and photographs

1994. Producer, Editor, and Author. Logging in the Maine Woods: The Paintings of Alden Grant. With Stephen Richard, assistant editor. Rangeley, ME: Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum. (Pp. viii+72).

1993. ” ‘Awful Real’: Dolls and Development in Rangeley, Maine.” In Feminist Messages: Coding in Women’s Culture, ed. Joan Radner, 126-154. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. [Article in PDF]

Book in progress. Generations in Wood: Traditional Arts in the Life of a Maine Logging Family. Discussion of the relationships between narrative and material culture as well as an exploration of the influences of family, gender, work, community, and place on the traditional arts of the Richard family, a three-generation French and English American family of loggers and woodcarvers, homemakers and knitters in the western Maine mountains.

New England

2002. Sensing Place: Artful Work in the Forests of New England. Northwest Folklife Festival Program.

2005. “Women’s Folklife.” In Encyclopedia of New England Culture, ed. Burt Feintuch and David Watters, 464-465. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Alaska: Inuit folktales

1988. Assistant Editor.Ugiuvangmiut Quliapyuit: King Island Tales. Ed. Lawrence Kaplan. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, Alaska Native Language Center. With collectors and translators Margaret Seeganna and Gertrude Analoak, we assembled this first bilingual collection of Inupiaq folktales.

Pennsylvania German culture

2000. Harvest Home and the Place of Tradition in Cultural Discourse. Paper given at the American Folklore Society, 25-29 October 2000, Columbus Ohio.

(See also my page: Publications: Poetry)

Fieldwork and Gender

1990. “Fieldwork, Gender, and Transformation: The Second Way of Knowing.” Southern Folklore 47:33-44.

1985. “Woman to Woman: Fieldwork and the Private Sphere.” In Women’s Folklore, Women’s Culture, ed. Susan Kalcik and Rosan Jordan, 45-53. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Sixteen photographs. [Article in PDF]

Family Folklore

1997. “Family Folklore.” In Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art, ed. Thomas A. Green, 278-284. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

1984. “Transferring Words From Tape To Page: The Story of Elmer and the Bull” Folklore and Folklife in Virginia, Vol. 3, pp. 31-36.   My grandfather’s story about a trick he helped play on an abattoir customer when he was a boy.  PDF

1982. “Family Folklore and Oral History Interviews: Strategies for Introducing a Project to One’s Own Relatives.” Western Folklore 41:251-274. (On-line at JSTOR)

1982. “Blessing the Ties that Bind: Storytelling at Family Celebrations.” In A Celebration of American Family Folklore: Tales and Traditions from the Smithsonian Collection, ed. Steven Zeitlin, Amy Kotkin, and Holly Cutting Baker, 250-259. New York: Pantheon. Four photographs. [Article in PDF]

1982. “Collecting Family Folklore.” In A Celebration of American Family Folklore: Tales and Traditions from the Smithsonian Collection, ed. Steven Zeitlin, Amy Kotkin, and Holly Cutting Baker, xx. New York: Pantheon.

Folk Arts & Politics: Spontaneous Memorial at the Pentagon, 2001; Yellow ribbons & Gulf War I

2006. “We’ll Watch Out for Liza and The Kids”: Spontaneous Memorials and Personal Response at the Pentagon, 2001.” In Spontaneous Shrines and the Public Memorialization of Death, ed. Jack Santino, 57-97. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [Article in PDF]

1996. Co-author, with Linda Pershing.”The Yellow Ribboning of the USA: Contested Meanings in the Construction of a Political Symbol.” Western Folklore 55(1):41-85. Six photographs. (On-line at JSTOR)

Folk tales

2012. “But Who Are You Really?”: Ambiguous Bodies and Ambiguous Pronouns in “Allerleirauh.” In Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms, eds. Pauline Greenhill and Kay Turner, pp. 90-118. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. [Book chapter in PDF]

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