Journal of American Folklore

Journal of American Folklore
Volume 118, Number 468, Spring 2005
Special Issue: Emerging Legends in Contemporary Society

CONTENTS

Articles

    Leary, James P.
  • Storviken in the Old World and the New
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    Subject Headings:
    • Storeviken, Ole Jonsen, ca. 1789-1863 -- Legends.
    • Norwegian Americans -- Wisconsin -- Folklore.
    Abstract:
      This case study of a legend cycle, extending from Norway to Wisconsin, argues that American folklorists, preoccupied as they have become with adolescent legendry, still know far too little about the sustained relationships between legends, old country hearths, and new world regions—particularly those regions where peoples of other than Anglo-American descent dominate the cultural landscape.
    Lindahl, Carl, 1947-
  • Ostensive Healing: Pilgrimage to the San Antonio Ghost Tracks
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hispanic Americans -- Texas -- San Antonio -- Folklore.
    • Railroads -- Crossings -- Folklore.
    • Folklore -- Texas -- San Antonio.
    • Ghost stories.
    Abstract:
      Linda Dégh's concept of ostension—the process through which people enact legend—has been generally applied to criminal activities, yet there is substantial evidence that ostension can also transcend horror and inspire a sense of wonder in those who bring legends to life. One legend-teller's account of a group "pilgrimage" to a legend site in San Antonio, Texas, reveals the complexity and depth of her community's relationship with the supernatural. The haunted railroad crossing, often simply a "gravity hill" phenomenon when experienced or narrated by non-Hispanics, becomes for one narrator and many members of her Mexican-American community a site where beliefs concerning the dead, the innocence of children, and the necessity of reverent behavior intertwine as legend-trippers both imitate and interact with the ghostly victims of a railroad-crossing wreck.
    Tucker, Elizabeth.
  • Ghosts in Mirrors: Reflections of the Self
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    Subject Headings:
    • College students -- New York (State) -- Binghamton -- Folklore.
    • Mirrors -- Folklore.
    • Folklore -- New York (State) -- Binghamton.
    • Ghost stories.
    Abstract:
      This article analyzes college students' legends of apparitions in mirrors in relation to the "Bloody Mary" ritual that is most common in preadolescence. Through a modified Jungian analysis of their legends, it is possible to identify patterns of self-discovery in later adolescence that are underdiscussed in the literature. By telling legends about gender transformations, ghostly lovers, suicide, and violent death, college students undergo a quasi-initiatory experience that facilitates their development of a more complex sense of self.
    Baker, Ronald L., 1937-
  • Miracle Magazine in the Sixties: Mass Media Narratives of Healings and Blessings
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    Subject Headings:
    • Miracle magazine.
    • Allen, A. A. (Asa Alonso), 1911-1970.
    • Miracles.
    Abstract:
      This article examines typical narratives of healings and blessings that appeared in Miracle Magazine during the 1960s under evangelist editor A. A. Allen to show how mass media preachers exploit folk beliefs. The testimonies in Miracle Magazine included, among other miracles, accounts of exorcizing bosom serpents, miracle fillings, supernatural healings of invalids, divine cures of cancer, and blessings received for pledging money to Allen's ministry. Features in the magazine also dealt with visions, divine voices, prophecies, and the evils of other evangelists and denominations. Studying these printed narratives, as Linda Dégh suggests, "opens an untrodden path" for folk narrative scholars.
    Langlois, Janet L.
  • "Celebrating Arabs": Tracing Legend and Rumor Labyrinths in Post-9/11 Detroit
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    Subject Headings:
    • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Folklore.
    • Arab Americans -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Folklore.
    • Folklore -- Michigan -- Detroit.
    • Computer networks -- Social aspects.
    Abstract:
      This article examines one instance of a widely spread rumor (incipient legend) circulated via e-mail in northwest Detroit that Arab employees at a Middle Eastern restaurant cheered when they saw television footage of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. It argues that rumor and legend scholars, especially those examining alternative communication paths including Internet transmission, should work to retain the complexity of performance-oriented studies in their comparative analyses. It takes "the middle road" in building a case for examining, whenever possible, the complex intertwining of localized and globalized "folkloric space" for readings that are richly textured and evocative of a variety of social conditions.

Book Reviews

    Fromm, Annette B.
  • Last Century of a Sephardic Community: The Jews of Monastir, 1893-1943 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cohen, Mark. Last century of a Sephardic community: the Jews of Monastir, 1893-1943.
    • Jews -- Macedonia (Republic) -- Bitola -- History -- 19th century.
    Gay, David Elton.
  • Nart Sagas from the Caucasus: Myths and Legends from the Circassians, Abazas, Abkhaz, and Ubykhs (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Colarusso, John, 1945-, tr. Nart sagas from the Caucasus: myths and legends from the Circassians, Abazas, Abkhaz, and Ubykhs.
    • Tales -- Caucasus.
    Jenner, Lars.
  • Popular Imagination: Essays on Fantasy and Cultural Practice (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Klinkmann, Sven-Erik, 1947-, ed. Popular imagination: essays on fantasy and cultural practice.
    • Popular culture.
    Camp, Charles.
  • Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives Through the Cookbooks They Wrote (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Theophano, Janet. Eat my words: reading women's lives through the cookbooks they wrote.
    • Food writing -- History.
    Nicolaisen, W. F. H.
  • Ariadne's Thread: A Guide to International Tales Found in Classical Literature (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hansen, William F., 1941- Ariadne's thread: a guide to international tales found in classical literature.
    • Tales -- Classification.
    Mahmud, Firoz, 1943-
  • Transports of Delight: The Ricksha Arts of Bangladesh (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kirkpatrick, Joanna, 1929- Transports of delight: the ricksha arts of Bangladesh [CD-ROM]
    • Folk art -- Bangladesh.
    Mould, Tom, 1969-
  • The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Toelken, Barre. Anguish of snails: Native American folklore in the West.
    • Indians of North America -- West (U.S.) -- Folklore.
    Barnhart, Sarah Catlin.
  • Swinging in Place: Porch Life in Southern Culture (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Donlon, Jocelyn Hazelwood, 1956- Swinging in place: porch life in southern culture.
    • Southern States -- Social life and customs.
    Becker, Marshall Joseph.
  • Storytelling: Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives, and: Telling Stories the Kiowa Way (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Blayer, Irene Maria, ed. Storytelling: interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives.
    • Sanchez, Monica, 1964-, ed.
    • Palmer, Gus, 1943- Telling stories the Kiowa way.
    • Storytelling.
    • Kiowa Indians -- Folklore.

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