Friday, October 14, 8:30 am–10:00 am
Sponsored by the Women's Section
Chair: Mary J. Magoulick (Georgia College)
“We Celebrate Our Girls”: Creativity and Competency in Performing Femineity at an Irish Traveller Hen Night
Caroline H. Miller (Indiana University Bloomington)
A Trans Cinderella?: Tradition as Resource in Transgender Fairy-Tale Retellings
Jeana Jorgensen (Butler University)
This panel examines various global traditions connected to gender in ways that reexamine, rethink, and recenter the dynamics of gendered folklore. Each paper will examine some specific folkloristic tradition (fairy tale retellings that explore queer and trans themes; playful celebrations like hen nights among Irish Travellers; and ritual practice interdictions that an Ojibwe woman challenges) in ways that show how these expressive arts adapt to and are being reconsidered in the contemporary world while still retaining some of their traditional aspects. All three show that recentering and reconsidering gendered dynamics can strengthen folklore in positive ways.