Weathering the Storm: Folk Ideas about Character

John Laudun (U.S. Army)

Focusing on two meme/legend complexes that arose out of large weather events, this paper explores the relationship between folk ideas and folklore forms, arguing that memes and legends offer similar "functionality": the ability to break larger, more complex events into discrete accounts that focus on particular "happenings." The topical fluidity and (re)generative rapidity of legends and memes offer analysts access to the ideational networks upon which individuals, in their groups, rely; the goal being to develop a methodology to map the relationships between ideas and the forms in which they are embedded.

Part of 05-04 Weatherlore, Part 2: W(he/ea)ther the Weather [hybrid], Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm