“Don’t He Look Like the School Teacher?” Intersectional Networks of Folktale Transmission in 1920s Nova Scotia


Tiber F. M. Falzett (University College Dublin) and Ian Brodie (Cape Breton University)

In July 1923, the African-American folklorist Arthur Huff Fauset-–in partnership with and under the sponsorship of Elsie Clews Parsons-–conducted a summer of fieldwork in search of folklore in Nova Scotia. A unique result of Fauset and Parsons’ collaboration was the documentation of folktales from Indigenous, Black and White storytellers, several of whom spoke Scottish Gaelic as their mother tongue. By engaging in Fauset’s and Parsons’ fieldwork results, we will highlight intertextual and intersectional networks of folktale transmission, traversing racial, social, religious, and ethnolinguistic identities in early-twentieth-century Nova Scotia.

Part of 24-06 Tracing Verbal Traditions, Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm