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Journal of American Folklore 116.460 (2003) 245-246

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Following his thirteen-year career as a reporter and editor at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania, Russell Frank finally began putting his Ph.D. in folklore to use in 1998 as an assistant professor in the College of Communications at Penn State University. His research focuses on the storytelling function of the press. Specifically, he examines the ways in which newspapers attempt to make sense of the world by casting events, issues, and trends in narrative form and by embedding personal experience narratives and folk literary motifs within those reportorial narratives.

Christine Goldberg—an advocate of the comparative method of folklore research—has published Turandot's Sisters, a Study of the Folktale AT 851 (1993) and The Tale of the Three Oranges (1997). She contributes to the Enzyklopädie des Märchens and has taught courses in folklore and mythology at the University of California campuses in Berkeley and Los Angeles.

Mikel J. Koven is a lecturer in film and television studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He received his Ph.D. from the Folklore Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1999 and has published in such journals as Literature/Film Quarterly, Ethnologies, Contemporary Legend,Folklore, and Culture & Tradition. His major area of research continues to be the relationship between folkloristics and film studies, particularly with regards to contemporary legend and horror cinema, but also including representations of the Holocaust in film, television, and ethnic cinema.

Susan Rodgers is a professor of anthropology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she has taught since 1989 after eleven years at Ohio University. Her research focuses on Sumatran print literatures, particularly as these work in Indonesian nationalist discourses. Her 1978 Ph.D. from the University of Chicago dealt with conceptualizations of the modern in Angkola Batak ritual oratory. Among her publications are the museum catalogue Power and Gold, for an exhibition on Indonesian ritual ornaments (1985), Indonesian Religions in Transition, coedited with Rita S. Kipp (1987), Telling Lives, Telling History: Autobiography and Historical Imagination in Modern Indonesia (1995), and Sitti Djaoerah, a translation of an Angkola novel (1997). Her current work concerns the poetics and politics of Angkola Batak literary epics.

Barre Toelken is a professor of English and history at Utah State University, where he is also director of the graduate program in folklore studies. His professonal focus has been primarily on vernacular expression (especially in occupational and ethnic folklore) and on intercultural studies. His publications include The Dynamics of Folklore (1996[1979]), The Ballad and the Scholars (with D. K. Wilgus) (1986), Ghosts and the Japanese: Cultural Experience in Japanese Death Legends (with Michiko Iwasaka) (1994), Morning Dew and Roses: Nuance, Metaphor and Meaning in Folksongs (1995), [End Page 245] Native American Oral Traditions: Collaboration and Interpretation (with Larry Evans) (2001), and a number of scholarly and popular essays on folklore, balladry, worldview, medieval literature, intercultural perspective, and Native American traditions.

Susan Tower Hollis, who holds the Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages from Harvard University, is associate professor and coordinator of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at the State University of New York, Empire State College. She is the author of The Ancient Egyptian "Tale of Two Brothers" (University of Oklahoma, 1990) and coeditor of Feminist Theory and the Study of Folklore (University of Illinois, 1993) as well as numerous articles in various journals. She works extensively with religion in ancient Egypt, particularly goddesses, and with written and oral narrative as found in the ancient Near East, especially focusing on ancient Egypt.

Warren S. Walker was the director of the Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative at Texas Tech University until his death on November 22, 2002. While on a visiting professorship in Turkey in 1961-62, he and his wife (the former Barbara Kerlin) began the collection of Turkish folktales that eventually culminated in the establishment of the Archive. He was the first recipient of Texas Tech's Distinguished Faculty Leadership Award (1984) and held an honorary doctorate from Selcuk University in Turkey.




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