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Extract from FLS News no.92, Nov 2020

Here’s an item from our newsletter FLS News no. 92, November 2020, by Andrew Bennett: NEW CUSTOMS: CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS Folklorists are good at looking at old customs, and particularly vanishing ones; we should pay more attention to emerging ones. Take Christmas decorations for example. Decorative mistletoe, holly, and Christmas trees have been around at least since...

Anatoly Liberman responds to John Hines’s Review

After the publication of John Hines’s review of Anatoly Liberman’s book In Prayer and Laughter: Essays on Medieval Scandinavian and Germanic Mythology, Literature, and Culture (Paleograph Press, 2016), in Folklore 131, no. 3 (September 2020), Prof. Liberman sent us the following response, and Prof. Hines sent the reply that follows the response below. Response:  Author’s...

We Herts Folklorists 4!

Here is our fourth and final post for a special weekly blog series we’ll be running over the next few weeks, showcasing some of the wonderful talent of people who have recently completed or are currently undertaking the MA in Folklore Studies at the University of Hertfordshire. Throughout this series you will see some great folklore-inspired...

We Herts Folklorists 3!

Here is our third post for a special weekly blog series we’ll be running over the next few weeks, showcasing some of the wonderful talent of people who have recently completed or are currently undertaking the MA in Folklore Studies at the University of Hertfordshire. Throughout this series you will see some great folklore-inspired work,...

Free Downloads of Owen Davies’ Articles in Folklore from 23 Oct to 31 Dec 2020

As a welcome to our new Folklore Society President, Prof. Owen Davies, the following articles published by him in our journal Folklore will be available to download free from Friday 23 October until 31 December 2020: ” Witchcraft and the Somerset Idyll: The Depiction of Folk Belief in Walter Raymond’s Novels” (Folklore, vol. 126, 2015):  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0015587X.2015.1006955...

We Herts Folklorists 2

Here is our second post for a special weekly blog series we’ll be running over the next few weeks, showcasing some of the wonderful talent of people who have recently completed the MA in Folklore Studies at the University of Hertfordshire. Throughout this series you will see some great folklore-inspired work, ranging from blogs to...

Special Blog Series: We Herts Folklorists

This is the first post of a special weekly blog series we’ll be running over the next few weeks, showcasing some of the wonderful talent of people who have recently completed the MA in Folklore Studies at the University of Hertfordshire. Throughout this series you will see some great folklore-inspired work, ranging from blogs to...

Virtual Special Issue: Dragons

Our latest Folklore Virtual Special Issue is on Dragons With an introduction by Dr Juliette Wood and a selection of articles from Folklore on this theme. From Fafnir to Smaug, to the pearl-chasing Chinese long and the dragons that stalk the world of Internet games, these mythical creatures, whether traditional or literary, carry great symbolic value. The mound-dwelling,...