Journal of American Folklore

Editor: Lisa Gilman


Current Volume: 135 (2022)
Issued quarterly: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall
ISSN: 0021-8715
eISSN: 1535-1882


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.



Abstracts in Anthropology, Academic Search Elite, Academic Search Premier, America: History and Life, American Bibliography of Slavic & East European Studies, Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, Anthropological Index, Anthropological Literature, Anthropology Plus, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, ATLA Religion Database, Bibliographie Linguistique/Linguistic Bibliography, Book Review Index, Chicano Index, Children's Book Review Index, Current Contents: Art and Humanities, Expanded Academic Index, Historical Abstracts, History Source, Humanities Abstracts, Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities, International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities & Social Sciences, International Bibliography of Periodical Literature on the Humanities & Social Sciences, JSTOR, Magazine Index, MLA International Bibliography, Music Index, OCLC ArticleFirst, ProQuest 5000, Proquest Research Library, Recently Published Articles, Reference Sources for the Social Sciences and Humanities, Research Library, Social Science Citation Index, Social Science Source, Sociological Abstracts, Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition, Women's Studies Abstracts


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Lisa Gilman (Editor-in-Chief)

Benjamin Gatling, Debra Lattanzi Shutika, Lijun Zhang (Associate Editors)

Tanya Boucicaut (Editorial Assistant)

Journal of American Folklore
Folklore Program
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 3E4
Fairfax, Virginia  22030-4444

 James Deutsch
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

To submit books for review (not using UPS or FedEx), mail three copies to:
James Deutsch
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
MRC 520
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

To submit books for review using UPS or FedEx, mail three copies to:
James Deutsch
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 2001
Washington, DC 20024-2520

Langston Collins Wilkins
Sound Recording Review Editor
Center for Washington Cultural Traditions
Humanities Washington
130 Nickerson St. 
Ste. 304
Seattle, Wa 98109
 Natalie Underberg-Goode
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

Emily Hilliard
Film and Video Review Editor
West Virginia Folklife Program

West Virginia Humanities Council 
1310 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25301

 Kelley Totten
Exhibits and Events Review Editor
Department of Folklore, ED4046
Memorial University of Newfoundland
323 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, NL  A1B 3X8
Editorial Board  
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, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Dorothy Noyes, The Ohio State University
Arzu Öztürkmen, Bo?aziçi University, Turkey
Stephen D. Winick, American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Lihui Yang, Beijing Normal University, China
Juwen Zhang, Willamette University


Journal of American Folklore

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