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Interest in the conjunctions of film and folklore is stronger and more diverse than ever. Ethnographic documentaries on folk life and expression remain a vital genre, but scholars such as Mikel Koven and Sharon Sherman also are exploring how folklore elements appear in, and merge with, popular cinema. They look at how movies, a popular culture medium, can as well be both a medium and type of folklore, playing cultural roles and conveying meanings customarily found in other folkloric forms. They thus use the methodology of folklore studies to “read” films made for commercial distribution.

The contributors to this book look at film and folklore convergences, showing how cinema conveys vernacular—traditional and popular—culture. Folklore/ Cinema will be of interest to scholars from many fields—folklore, film studies, popular culture, American studies, history, anthropology, and literature among them—and will help introduce students in various courses to intersections of film and culture.


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: Popular Film as Vernacular Culture
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. I. Filmic Folklore and Authenticity
  2. p. 9
  1. 1. "I'y ava't un' fois" (Once Upon a Time): Film as Folktales in Quebecois Cinema Direct
  2. pp. 10-30
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  1. 2. Elvis Gratton: Quebec's Contemporary Folk Hero?
  2. pp. 31-53
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  1. 3. A Strange and Foreign World: Documentary, Ethnography, and the Mountain Films of Arnold Fanck and Leni Riefenstahl
  2. pp. 54-72
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  1. II. Transformation
  2. p. 73
  1. 4. PC Pinocchios: Parents, Children, and the Metemorphosis Tradition in Science Fiction
  2. pp. 74-92
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  1. 5. From Jinn to Genies: Intertextuality, Media, and the Making of Global Folklore - Mark Allen Peterson
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. 6. "Now That I Have It, I Don't Want It": Vocation and Obligation in Contemporary Hollywood Ghost Films
  2. pp. 113-128
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  1. III. Through Folklore's Lenses
  2. p. 129
  1. 7. Marchen as Trauma Narrative: Helma Sanders-Brahms's Film Germany, Pale Mother
  2. pp. 130-148
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  1. 8. The Three Faces in Eve's Bayou: Recalling the Conjure Woman in Contemporary Black Cinema
  2. pp. 149-165
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  1. 9. Allegories of the Undead: Rites and Rituals in Tales from the Hood
  2. pp. 166-178
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  1. IV. Disruption and Incorporation
  2. p. 179
  1. 10. The Virgin Victim: Reimagining a Medieval Folk Ballad in The Virgin Spring and The Last House on the Left
  2. pp. 180-196
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  1. 11. Beyond Communitas: Cinematic Food Events and the Negotiation of Power, Belonging, and Exclusion
  2. pp. 197-220
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 221-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-232
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