PACF Director emeritus Simon J. Bronner’s newly released Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife presents 43 chapters on a wide range of aspects in folklore and folklife studies by leading scholars. Among these chapters are essays by Bronner himself, as well as PACF Director Anthony Bak Buccitelli, PSU lecturer Mary L. Sellers, and alumni Amy K. Milligan, David J. Puglia, and Cory Thomas Hutcheson. For more on this volume, see here.
Research into internet folk horror legends about Slenderman by PACF affiliated faculty Jeffery Tolbert was recently featured in Wired.
In this unprecedented study, leading scholars and emerging voices from around the world consider how race and ethnicity continue to shape our everyday lives, even as digital technology seems to promise a release from our “real” social identities.
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Simon Bronner, the PACF’s founding director emeritus, published Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia with Johns Hopkins University Press in the spring of 2017. This work was based, in part, on the research collections he worked to develop as Center director.
Read an interview with Bronner about this project here.
In May 2017, Anthony Bak Buccitelli was named editor of Western Folklore, a leading journal of folkloristics in the United States. Published continuously since 1942, Western Folklore is the second oldest journal of folklore studies in the United States, after the Journal of American Folklore. The first full issue of his term as editor, 76.4, will be released in late 2017.