Contemporary Legend

Contemporary Legend

A scholarly journal published annually by the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research

Co-Edited by

Ian Brodie                                                       Andrea Kitta
Dept. of History and Culture                            Department of English
Cape Breton University                                    East Carolina University
1250 Grand Lake Road                                   Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Sydney, NS  B1P 6L2                                     USA

Aims and Scope

Contemporary Legend, the annual journal of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, aims to promote and encourage research, and to provide a forum for those working in this vibrant area of traditional narrative scholarship. Within this context the term ‘legend’ is interpreted in its broadest sense as including Sagen, dites, popular rumors, sayings and beliefs as well as narrative. Similarly, ‘contemporary’ refers not only to so-called ‘modern urban legends’ but also to legends in active circulation in a given community.

The journal presents original research findings and theoretical analyses on all aspects of contemporary legend. The articles range from case studies of individual legends, historical analogues and exploration of legends in society, to analyses of performances and transmission, form, meaning and function. The journal also includes reviews, an annual bibliography covering books, essays and theses, and sections on contemporary legend in literature and in film.

An international editorial board of distinguished scholars with a wide range of interests reviews all contributions, thereby maintaining the high standard of published material.

Editorial Board

Gillian Bennett, UK Sylvia Grider, USA
Rolf Brednich, Germany Sandy Hobbs, UK
Carsten Bregenhøj, Finland Paul Smith, Canada
Véronique Campion-Vincent, France Diane E. Goldstein, Canada
Pat Mullen, USA MarkGlazer, USA

Subscription Information

Personal subscriptions:
Personal subscriptions to Contemporary Legend are through membership in the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.

Institutional subscriptions:
Information available by request: contact the secretary at the address on the ISCLR home page.

Digitized Volumes

The Digital Archives Initiative at Memorial University Libraries has digitized the back issues of ​Perspectives on Contemporary Legend and the first two series of Contemporary Legend and will continue to digitize the new volumes.  Any one volume will not be available until three years after publication, but all earlier volumes are free, with open access found here.

Index by Volume

Index by Author

One comment


    If you wish to be included in the 2016 issue, please send submissions to both co-editors by May 1, 2016. Please email copies in Word (.doc or .docx) to editors Ian Brodie or Andrea Kitta, using their email or posting adresses respectively.

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