Folklore Mondays: “Alas, Poor Ghost!” (1999)

Getting this one in just under the wire–sorry for the delay. Just got back home after visiting my family in Baltimore for the weekend. Boy are my… arms… tired…?

This week’s offering is yet another USU Press publication, and one which I, I must admit somewhat shamefacedly, have not yet read. I will rectify this in the long weeks I’ll be spending cloistered in a studio apartment in Buenos Aires.

Gillian Bennett’s Alas, Poor Ghostis one of the other major works on supernatural belief to come out of contemporary folklore scholarship. It’s a revised edition of an earlier book, and it’s always struck me as strange that it was so thoroughly revised as to merit an altogether new title. Revised editions are common, but title-changes aren’t. Not having read either edition, though, I’m not sure what the story is. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy it.

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Folklore Mondays: “Haunting Experiences”

HE1I haven’t posted much folklore content of late, so I thought I’d turn my previous post on this theme into a regular thing. I don’t know how regular it will be in practice, since there aren’t an infinite number of academic folklore texts available for free; but I’ll do my best to find something each week that you, loyal readers, might find interesting.

This week is a majorly important work for me personally, as it’s one of the few books about the supernatural (in addition to “Out of the Ordinary”) to come from within disciplinary folklore studies. Like that previous work, it’s not perfect; but it is a useful introductory book to folkloristic study of the supernatural more generally.

Also published by Utah State University Press, Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore is also available for free download on the publisher’s website. Check it out if you’re in need of some late-summer folklore.