Welcome

I just heard the weirdest thing…

Contemporary (“urban”) legends are one of the most pervasive forms of folklore in active circulation, but they are far from a modern phenomenon. The same processes of using narrative to communicate and negotiate anomalous experiences can be traced back thousands of years. Contemporary legends are contemporary to the teller and audience, not solely to the scholar. And what had been thought of as purely local narratives were found to exist in multiple manifestations throughout the world.

In order to gain a better understanding of the dynamics and function of these “contemporary” genres, scholars have recognized the need for worldwide links among legend and rumor scholars. The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR) encourages study of so-called “modern” and “urban” legends, and also of any legend that circulates actively. Members are especially concerned with ways in which legends merge with life: real-life analogs to legend plots, social crusades that use legends or legend-like horror stories, and search for evidence behind claims of alien abductions and mystery cats. We invite all who have an interest in these areas to join us.

Subscribers get the ISCLR newsletter, FOAFtale News, and the annual peer-reviewed journal, Contemporary Legend.

To join please write the Secretary:

Elissa R. Henken
Department of English
Park Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
U.S.A.
ehenken@uga.edu

2 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Dean Carlisle says:

    I found an interesting site about an urban legend on blogspot called atributetomsnancywilliams.blogspot.com. It claims that during the 1980′s a teacher from West Jordan Middle School die in an accident involving a horse. The actual news story was that the horse kicked her in the head, but various unofficial accounts claimed that both were on a muddy hiking trail. The horse slipped in the mud. Ms. Williams fell of the horse and the horse fell on her. And more of the unofficial versions circulated among the general public, most involving the horse.
    Another claim was that fellow students have wanted to make Ms. Williams a patron saint and some would say intercessory prayers to her.
    This blogspot site publishes there various accounts of how she died and a prayer to her is published as well.
    The full url is http://atributetomsnancywilliams.blogspot.com
    I feel it’s okay to give out this url, because I haven’t seen anything slanderous or defamitory about it. The only thing it would slander would be the horse. And I don’t think it would endanger the public health.

  2. Donna (Kit) Kopach says:

    I want to thank you all for the privilege of spending the week with you and getting to hear your presentations. It was both educational and enjoyable, and I hope to see you again sometime.

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