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Journal of American Folklore, Volume 132, Number 525, Summer 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

The newest issue of the Journal of American Folklore is now available. This special issue was the work of the collaboration of the journals Marvels & Tales, the Journal of American Folklore (JAF), and Narrative Culture. Three factors braid the collection into a whole. First, the essays focus on stories that—regardless of era, culture, or media—remain rooted in tradition. Second, the contributors concentrate on thinking through the affordances of the tales. Finally, the authors look at selected stories as specifically situated cultural productions engaged with material, ideological, political, and emotional conflicts. The result is a wide-ranging intellectual enterprise that ranges across disciplines and culture to explore the provocative truth that we are the stories we tell.


  • “Preface: Thinking with Stories in Times of Conflict” by Cristina Bacchilega and Anne Duggan
  • “Speaking the Truth with Folk and Fairy Tales: The Power of the Powerless” by Jack Zipes
  • “Sā Nafanuā: Reconstituting Nafanua as Female Empowerment in Samoan Diasporic Literature” by Caryn Lesuma
  • “Aladdin Almighty: Middle Eastern Magic in the Service of Western Consumer Culture” by Ulrich Marzolph
  • “Thorns into Gold: Contemporary Jewish American Responses to Antisemitism in Traditional Fairy Tales” by Veronica Schanoes
  • “Adaptive Occasions: Synchronic Correlatives in Traditional Folktale Adaptation” by Joseph Sobol

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