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Urban Legends and Cyberlore

Introduction

In this seminar we will examine how folklore moved to towns and cities and now to the Internet as digital communication encourages new forms of vernacular expression.

Seminar Questions

What factors shaped the development of urban folklore in nineteenth century Britain?

Discuss

EITHER the blog of the Folk Horror Revival and Urban Wyrd Network

OR one of the podcasts listed here

OR the Cork Folklore Project.

Required Reading

Bell, Karl, The Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures (London, 2012), Introduction

Blank, Trevor J., 'Introduction: Pattern in the Virtual Folk Culture of Computer-Mediated Communication', in Trevor J. Blank, ed., Folk Culture in the Digital Age: The Emergent Dynamics of Human Interaction (Logan, UT, 2012), pp. 1-24

Further Reading

Bell, Karl, The Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures (London, 2012)

Bell, Karl, The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England, 1780-1914 (Cambridge, 2012)

Bendix, Regina F., and Galit Hasan-Rokem, eds, A Companion to Folklore (Malden, MA, 2012)

Blank, Trevor J., ed., Folk Culture in the Digital Age: The Emergent Dynamics of Human Interaction (Logan, UT, 2012)

Blank, Trevor J., ed., Folklore and the Internet: Vernacular Expression in a Digital World (Logan, UT, 2009)

Bronner, Simon J., Folklore: The Basics (London, 2017)

Hing, Richard, et al., eds, Folk Horror Revival: Urban Wyrd 2: Spirits of Place (Durham, 2019)

McNeill, Lynne S., Teaching Guide to Trevor J. Blank, ed.,Folklore and the Internet: Vernacular Expression in a Digital World (Logan, UT, 2010)

Ó Giolláin, Diarmuid, Locating Irish Folklore: Tradition, Modernity, Identity (Cork, 2000)

Paciorek, Andy, et al., eds, Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies, 2nd ed. (Durham, 2018)

Peck, Andrew, and Trevor J Blank, eds, Folklore and Social Media (Logan, UT, 2021)

Rees, Gareth E., Unofficial Britain: Journeys through Unexpected Places (London, 2020)

Roud, Steve, The Lore of the Playground: One Hundred Years of Children's Games, Rhymes and Traditions (London, 2010)

Scovell, Adam, Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange (Leighton Buzzard, 2017)

Westwood, Jacqueline, and Jacqueline Simpson, eds, Haunted England: The Penguin Book of Ghosts (Harmondsworth, 2008)

Westwood, Jennifer, and Jacqueline Simpson, The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends, from Spring-Heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys (Harmondsworth, 2005)

Westwood, Jennifer, and Sophia Kingshill, The Lore of Scotland: A Guide to Scottish Legends (London, 2009)

E-resources

See here.

Spring-heeled Jack Terror of London