Journal of American Folklore
The Journal of American Folklore, the quarterly journal of the American Folklore Society since the Society's founding in 1888, publishes scholarly articles, notes, and commentaries directed to a wide professional audience. Other sections include those devoted to poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction on matters fundamental to the field; and reviews of books, exhibitions and events, films, sound recordings, and digital/online resources.
The contents of the Journal reflect a wide range of topics and points of view. As the flagship publication of the Society, the Journal reflects concerns of members in both academic and public spheres. Content is grounded in past and current folklore scholarship, and is based on recognized disciplinary methods. Articles present significant research findings and theoretical analyses from the disciplinary perspective of folklore. Notes are narrower in scope and focus on a single, often provocative, issue of definition, interpretation, or practice. Commentaries briefly address topics raised in earlier articles. Its contents are not restricted to folklore in the United States; the Journal publishes materials on folklore and from folklorists anywhere in the world.
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Lisa Gilman (Editor-in-Chief)
Amanda Ellard (Editorial Assistant)
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
To submit books for review (not using UPS or FedEx), mail three copies to:
Langston Collins Wilkins
Digital Resource Review Editor
Department of Games and Interactive Media
Nicholson School of Communication and Media
University of Central Florida
500 W. Livingston, 173D
Orlando, FL 32801
Exhibits and Events Review Editor
Department of Folklore, ED4046
Memorial University of Newfoundland
323 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, NL A1B 3X8
|Wanda G. Addison, National University|
Christina Barr, Nevada Humanities
Norma E. Cantú, Trinity University
Michael Dylan Foster, University of California, Davis
Rachel V. González-Martin, University of Texas at Austin
David Todd Lawrence, University of St. Thomas
Jim Leary, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael Atwood Mason, President Lincoln's College
Dorothy Noyes, The Ohio State University
Arzu Öztürkmen, Bozaziçi University, Turkey
Stephen D. Winick, American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Lihui Yang, Beijing Normal University, China
Juwen Zhang, Willamette University
Author Deposit Permissions Policy
Journal of American Folklore
In response to the evolving nature of scholarly exchange and communications, the American Folklore Society has established the following policy regarding authors’ deposit of their Journal of American Folklore (JAF) contributions (including articles, reviews, notes, etc.) in their institutional repositories. This policy replaces any previous AFS author deposit policy, so it also applies to materials already published in the JAF.
[These definitions are based on those on the SHERPA/RoMEO web site (www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeoinfo.html).]
This policy applies to pre-prints, post-prints, and the publisher’s version.
A pre-print is a work-in-process: a contribution not yet accepted, or perhaps even submitted, to the JAF, that you make available for comments and criticism from others.
A post-print is the version of your JAF contribution after peer review and acceptance for the Journal of American Folklore, with revisions having been made.
The publisher’s version is the PDF file of your contribution as it appears in the Journal of American Folklore.
AFS encourages authors to post pre-prints and post-prints of their JAF contributions in temporary locations, such as personal websites, until such time as the publisher’s version is available.
Authors may post publisher’s versions of their JAF contributions to the repository of their home institution as soon as those versions are available. When posting a publisher’s version, authors must include one of the following two notations:
For JAF contributions published before 2003:
Published as [provide the complete bibliographic citation as it appears in the print version of the Journal of American Folklore]. © [Year] by the American Folklore Society.
For JAF contributions published beginning in 2003:
Published as [provide the complete bibliographic citation as it appears in the print version of the Journal of American Folklore]. © [Year] by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
SubmissionsJournal of American Folklore
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Unfinished Stories: Problematizing Narrative Completion
Diane E. Goldstein
Refinishing the Story: Transforming Stories of Life into Life Stories
Missing Finishes and Diminishing Heroes in Hurricane Katrina Survivor Stories
Narrative Breakdown in the Political Asylum Process
Amy Shuman and Carol Bohmer
The Place Where Things Fall Apart: The World from Inside a Fragment
Diane E. Goldstein