SCMLA–Folklore

I took notes at this session and transferred them onto my blog. So I guess that means it is retroactively live blogged.

John Anderson
“A Ghost Story” by Butler

interest in how folklore happens

Speaker is a ghost in a metaphysical way.
American culture swallows up the narrator.

Speaker thinks this IS a ghost.
Literature acting for contemporary folklore.

cognitive poetics blending with theory

“You” What does it equal?
speech and text -> emergent structure is a voice
emergent blend = someone is talking to me

precompiled blend when we look at our watch

sentence does not stand on its own
The title is linked to that.
“A Ghost Story” What does that mean? The story of a ghost? A story told by a ghost? Both?
true story, I was there, but I was eaten up
requires a knowledge scheme of ghosts

The ghost is outside the page telling the reader a ghost story.

Linda Boyd
from Houston Baptist University
PhD from UofH
topic: “Folklore in Hawthorne”

Tales and sketches of Hawthorne focus a great deal on the folklore.

Before The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne had already written and published hundred stories.

set in governor’s mansion in Boston
elderly gentleman sitting around
ghosts of ancient governor’s
“Legends of the Province House”

“Edward Randolph’s Picture”
painting said to be a portrait of the devil taken at a coven meeting
horrible painting

an ancient picture, the frame of which was as black as ebony, and the canvass itself so dark with age, damp, and smoke, that not a touch of the painter’s art could be discerned. Time had thrown an impenetrable veil over it, and left to tradition, and fable, and conjecture, to say what had once been there portrayed.

an heir-loom in the Province-House from time immemorial. As to the painter, I can tell you nothing; but, if half the stories told of it be true, not one of the great Italian masters has ever produced so marvellous a piece of work, as that before you.

One of the wildest, and at the same time the best accredited accounts, stated it to be an original and authentic portrait of the Evil One, taken at a witch meeting near Salem; and that its strong and terrible resemblance had been confirmed by several of the confessing wizards and witches, at their trial, in open court. It was likewise affirmed that a familiar spirit, or demon, abode behind the blackness of the picture, and had shown himself, at seasons of public calamity, to more than one of the royal governors.

“History has its truth; legends have their own.” Drake

suggested heroic luster that can be given to history
mantle carries smallpox
female form

Your life has been preserved while the world has changed around you.

Crystal Hills- source of mineral treasures
belief in a giant jewel lost in the mountains
The Great Carbuncle” story of eight treasure hunters

“Great Stone Face” 5 ledges
in 1986 this was vandalized
in 2000 the Great Stone Face appeared on quarter
2000 the Great Stone Face collapsed

Hawthorne was a story teller.
A story communicates intelligence and wisdom.

Hawthorne did not think his folkloric stories were significant.
Think they were.

Catalina Castillon
NW Galacia
Celtic roots
folklore of Galacia involves Ireland

pilgrimage route is in Galicia (St James of Compostella)

archaeological findings indicate Celtic in the 1st millenium BC

Celtic Iberians pre-3rd C BC
legacy continued

Franco was Galician but trying to homogenize Spain.

Cipriano Terre Enciso (1902-1992)
Gallego (Galician language)

music = lyrics and dance
bagpipes, drum, and tambourine, sea shells, flutes

alive and optimistic in celebrations
reserved usually

Alala = most ancient song – beginning of Ole?

alborada = sunrise – early morning parade
Celtic chant to the sun

aturuxo = scream out in middle of singing and dancing
long, loud
remnant of yelling before nocturnal trips

Maios = literal connection to Celts
May songs

Cantas de reis

Pandeirada = song of tambourine
lyric and dance
3 lines, 1 & 3 rhyme, 2 free
3rd relates to next line
rhythm fast

Muineira = mill dance
always played with bagpipe intro
sacred dance of Druids?

Strabo 3rd book, 3rd chapter
Men start dancing, jumping up and falling on knees, 1st C BC
but no mention of bagpipes

The lyrics are being lost now.

Copla = poem wiht four verses, different rhythms and meters

Regueifa = 2 competing groups
dueling singers, singing copla

Cancion de Berce = lullaby
no instruments
This version has words and instruments.
So does this one.
Maybe I was wrong about what she said? Or they have changed the traditional way of doing it.

lots of humor
Gallego people are joking all the time

13th C Cantigas de Maria
video documentary about the Cantigas de Maria
cattle fairs

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