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Linda J. Lee

Linda J. Lee

Graduate Student
Graduate Program in Folklore & Folklife
University of Pennsylvania
3619 Locust Walk, Fourth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
phone: (215) 898-7467
fax: (215) 573-2231


M.A. Thesis in Folklore & Folklife, University of Pennsylvania, 2005

"Bodies and Boundaries: Rituals of the Secure Traveling Body"

M.A. Thesis in Folklore, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

"Reclaiming the Crone: Inversion and Identity in Salem's Witch Iconography"

B.A. Thesis in European Studies, Amherst College, 1994

"C'era una volta: The Slandered Wife in Sicilian Folktales"

Research Interests

Gender issues in folklore and folkloristics; women's popular fiction and folklore; folk narratives; narrative theory; witchcraft legends beliefs, lore, and traditions; heritage, tourism, and regional identity; honor and shame complex; Italian popular traditions; and Italian-American folklore

Prospective Dissertation Topic

"The Search for the Lost Husband" tale cycle



"Guilty Pleasures: Reading Romance Novels as Reworked Fairy Tales," Marvels & Tales, April 2008, forthcoming

"Busk, Rachel Harriette," "Maguire, Gregory," "Mother," "Numbers," "Pitre, Giuseppe," "Salomone-Marino, Salvatore," and "Witch," forthcoming. In Encyclopedia of Folk and Fairy Tales. Don Haase, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

"Legend, Local" (with Cathy Lynn Preston), "Legend, Supernatural" (with Cathy Lynn Preston), "Memorate," Superstitions" (with Pauline Greenhill), and "Tradition-Bearer," forthcoming. In Encyclopedia of Women

"Reclaiming the Crone: Identity and Iconography in Salem, Massachusetts," Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Panel: Enchanted Landscapes: Paganism and Place, May 20, 2006

"Unhappily Ever After: Dissecting American Family Values and Mother-in-Law Relationships," Western States Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Berkeley, California, Panel: Folklore and American Studies, April 22, 2006

"Missing Places: The Construction of Meaning and the Absence of Information," Pushing Boundaries: Extreme Folklore and Ethnomusicology Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Panel: Space and Material Culture, March 31, 2006

"Guilty Pleasures: Reading Romance Novels as Reworked Fairy Tales," American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, Panel: The Carnalization and Carnivalization of Fairy Tales, October 23, 2005

"No Joking Matter: Slandered Brides and Scheming Mothers-in-Law," 14th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, Tartu, Estonia, Panel: Narrative Genres: Fairy Tale 6, July 28, 2005

"Bodies and Boundaries: Rituals of the Secure Travel Body," Ninth Annual Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display, Bowling Green, Ohio, Panel: September 11, June 3, 2005

"Ideologies of Honor and Shame in Italian Folktales of Fidelity and Innocence," American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Panel: Folktale, October 16, 2004

"A Place to Remember: The Salem Witch Trials Memorial and the Politics of Memory," Eighth Annual Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display, Bowling Green, Ohio, June 3, 2004

"Reconciling Witchcraft and Modernity: The Persistence of Magical Beliefs in Modern Societies," African Studies Scholar for a Day, Panel: Belief and Behavior, University of Pennsylvania, March 29, 2004

"Caricature and Contradiction: Witch Iconography in Salem, Massachusetts," California Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Sacramento, California, Panel: Shifting Icons, April 11, 2003

Membership/Professional Affiliations

American Folklore Society
      Women's Section Junior Convener (2006), Senior Convener (2007),
      Women's Section EKM Prize Committee (2005-2006, 2008)
      Graduate Students Section Listserve Moderator (2006-2008)
Western States Folklore Society (formerly California Folklore Society)
Hoosier Folklore Society
Popular Culture Association
American Culture Association



AFS Women's Section
Destination Salem, Office of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Salem Massachusetts
The Witchcraft Bibliography Project
Joe Sciorra's Italian American site

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