113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Folklore and Mythology II

Session Chair: 
Eduardo DaSilva, University of Washington - Seattle
Session 11: Sunday 10:20-11:50am
Skyline IV (PH-ET)


  1. Keith Dorwick, The University of Louisana at Lafayette
    Susan Cooper’s King of Shadows and The Dark is Rising Sequence make much of the idea of time travel. By using this plot device, Cooper places herself in a long tradition of science fiction and fantasy. In these cases of Cooper’s fantasies for young adults, the manipulation of time always has the moral upper hand—if time must be changed, it is changed by such figures as Merlin, Arthur and the Pendragon in order to achieve a better future, as when the Dark is prevented from rising by manipulation of the timeline of human and magical history.
  2. Eric Holmes, Kaplan University
    English has long straddled two worlds: the aesthetic and the argumentative and teaching both tropes and rhetoric is often difficult for educators. The solution is simple: folklore. This paper will introduce readers to the literary and rhetorical elements of folklore, which offers limitless examples and fodder for discussion.   
  3. Andrew Brown, Portland State University
    Both Hurston’s short story “Sweat” and Rash’s novel One Foot in Eden synthesize imagery and themes borrowed from Edenic mythos with popular folklore to explore themes of labor, ownership, sexuality, marriage, and infidelity. This paper will begin to trace the mythological syntheses present in each piece and initiate a comparison of the two. I will consider especially each story’s conflation of economic and erotic relationships.
Session Cancelled: