Published by: Indiana University Press
An unprecedented number of folklorists are addressing issues of class, race, gender, and sexuality in academic and public spaces in the US, raising the question: How can folklorists contribute to these contemporary political affairs? Since the nature of folkloristics transcends binaries, can it help others develop critical personal narratives?
Advancing Folkloristics covers topics such as queer, feminist, and postcolonial scholarship in folkloristics. Contributors investigate how to apply folkloristic approaches in nonfolklore classrooms, how to maintain a folklorist identity without a "folklorist" job title, and how to use folkloristic knowledge to interact with others outside of the discipline. The chapters, which range from theoretical reorientations to personal experiences of folklore work, all demonstrate the kinds of work folklorists are well-suited to and promote the areas in which folkloristics is poised to expand and excel.
Advancing Folkloristics presents a clear picture of folklore studies today and articulates how it must adapt in the future.
Foreword: Challenges and Possibilities Across Boundaries
Introduction, by Jesse A. Fivecoate, Kristina Downs, and Meredith A. E. McGriff
1. Deep Folklore/Queer Folkloristics
2. "An Epidemic of Meanings": The Tenuous Nature of Public Intellectualism, Reflexivity, and Belief Scholarship
3. Expanding the Territory
4. The Politics of Trivialization , by Jesse A. Fivecoate, Kristina Downs, and Meredith A. E. McGriff
5. The Folklorization of Queer Theory: Public Spaces, Pride, and Gay Neoliberalism , by Cory W. Thorne and Guillermo De Los Reyes
6. Yemayá's Fury: Residual Flows, Ecological Disaster, and Folklore Futures
7. Infusing Public Folklore Work into Academe: Experiencing the In-Between
8. Folklorists as Curators: Exploring the Four Cs
9. Culturally Conscious Collaborations at the Nexus of Folklore, Education, and Social Justice: Lessons and Questions for Folkloristic Praxis
10. The Power of Folkloristics at the Intersection of Affect, Narrative, and Performance in the College Classroom
11. The Folkloristic Diaspora: On Being a Folklorist in a Black Studies Department
12. Standing with Others: Folklorists in the Midst of Home
13. Disruptive Folklore
14. Talking Folklore: Getting Others to Take the Discipline Seriously while Remaining a Serious Folklorist, by Andrea Kitta, Lynne S. McNeill, and Trevor J. Blank
Afterword: Advancing Folkloristics
"A powerful call for action."~Robert Glenn Howard, author (with Trevor J. Blank) of Tradition in the Twenty-First Century: Locating the Role of the Past in the Present