Western Folklore

Vol. 68, No. 4 – Fall, 2009



Vernacular Media, Vernacular Belief: Locating Christian Fundamentalism in the Vernacular Web
Robert Glenn Howard

ABSTRACT: New communication technologies allow individuals to express and consume a greater diversity of religious ideas. With the rise of vernacularizing media, religious expression is becoming more vernacular. In this situation, the unique perspective and methods of Folklore Studies help document a vernacular ideology that emerges in a network of websites when individuals express a specific set of conservative evangelical beliefs. KEYWORDS: Internet, Christianity, fundamentalism, End Times, apocalyptic belief

Narratives of Personal Revelation Among Latter-day Saints
Tom Mould

ABSTRACT: This study explores the social, functional and aesthetic dimensions of narratives of personal revelation shared among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. Structural distinctions within the genre of personal revelation narratives reveal an indigenous interpretive system that is foregrounded in performance. Further, this study provides a model for the analysis of personal experience narratives that addresses the varying demands levied by narrative form, personal experience, and social and cultural norms. KEYWORDS: Mormon, memorate, genre, narrative, revelation


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William Bernard McCarthy, Editor, Cinderella in America: A Book of Folk and Fairy Tales.
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Simon J. Bronner, Editor, Encyclopedia of American Folklife
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Pamela L. Geller and Miranda K. Stockett, Editors, Feminist Anthropology: Past, Present, Future.
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Michael A. Lange, The Norwegian Scots: An Anthropological Interpretation of Viking-Scottish Identity in the Orkney Islands.
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Elizabeth D. Jacobs and William R Seaburg, Pitch Woman and Other Stories: The Oral Traditions of Coquelle Thompson, Upper Coquille Athabaskan Indian
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Niels Teunis and Gilbert Herdt, Editors, Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice
Reviewed by Elaine Lawless

Lee Haring, Stars and Keys: Folktales and Creolization in the Indian Ocean
Reviewed by Willie Smyth

Bruce Jackson, The Story is True: The Art and Meaning of Telling Stories
Reviewed by Robbin Zeff Warner

Jonathan C. David, Together Let Us Sweetly Live: The Singing and Praying Bands
Reviewed by Larry Morrisey

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