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The official G+ page of the AFS Folk Narrative Section
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Just to let you all know -- we have added two new items to the Folk Narrative Section CafePress store: a premium stainless steel tea tumbler, and an infant bodysuit (onesie).

All products are, as I have said before, limited edition. So if you want any of them (or if you just want to support a good cause), it's best to buy now.

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Hello Everybody --

I wanted to point you all in the direction of the AFS Folk Narrative Section's new CafePress store. There, we're selling a (periodically rotating) assortment of folk-narrative-themed merchandise, like water bottles, mugs, mouse pads, and tote bags. All profits from the store go to support exciting Section activities like our biennial Stith Thompson Lecture. So you'll be buying for a good cause! And getting lots of cool stuff in the process! Check it out!

Hello everybody!

As you are all probably aware, 2012 marks the bicentennial anniversary of the first publication of the Grimms's Kinder- und Hausmarchen. In honor of this fact, the AFS Folk Narrative Section is looking to sponsor a series of pre-organized paper sessions, Diamond sessions (, forums, and / or media sessions at this year's American Folklore Society Meeting devoted to the history, the impact, and the future of the Grimms's collection. We are interested in any Grimms-related topic that you might propose, including those related to this year's meeting theme, "The Continuity and Creativity of Culture" ( Additional possible ideas include:

* The sources, analogues, and informants of the Grimms
* The impact of the collection on scholarly and popular audiences
* The impact of the collection in different nations
* The publication history, and / or reception, of the collection in its different editions
* The collection as literature for children, adults
* The legacy of the collection, and the revision of Grimm tales, in literature
* The legacy of the Grimms, and / or the collection in popular culture (including films, television, graphic novels, advertising, on the web)
* The Grimms and the digital humanities

If you have a paper topic in mind, but need to find a panel, please feel free to use the Folk Narrative Section's social media tools: we recommend our Facebook group ( and Google+ page ( as great ways to coordinate with like-minded potential AFS-goers.

If you have an organized session that you would like the Folk Narrative section to sponsor, please let us know. We are, as always, reachable via email at or

The Folk Narrative section will also be sponsoring our second biennial Stith Thompson Lecture. We are pleased to announce that our speaker this year will be Kay Stone. Look for more information about that event soon.

And remember, the deadline for proposals for the AFS 2012 Meetings in New Orleans, LA is coming up March 31st, so organizing your panel and getting in touch with us sooner than later is a very good idea.


Adam D. Zolkover & Linda J. Lee

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Hey everybody -- I thought you might be interested in this update from the folks organizing “The Fairy Tale Vanguard” conference (August 20-22, Ghent):

"We are happy to report that the preparations for “The Fairy Tale Vanguard” conference (August 20-22, Ghent) are coming along nicely. We have just put the registration forms on our website ( “Registration”). Those who wish enroll, are best to do so before 1 May if they want to benefit from an early bookers discount.

"Furthermore, we would also like to announce that we have entered a cooperation with the Ghent municipal theatre NTGent, organizing a literary evening open to all conference goers as well as the larger public. Our guest will include Rikki Ducornet and a number of members of the NTGent who have been actively working with fairy tales in the recent past, both rewriting them and adapting them for the stage. An update will follow on our site (“Pleasant Nights”).

"We hope to see many of you here in Ghent this summer!

"Kind regards,

"Stijn Praet and Vanessa Joosen"

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Courtesy of Donald Haase: "The new issue of 'Etudes de Lettres' is devoted to the topic Des Fata aux fées/From Fata to Fairies, with an emphasis on the tale of "Sleeping Beauty." Contributors include Elizabeth Wanning Harries, Ute Heidman, Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère, and others (with articles in English or French)."

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Fables creator Bill Willingham talks about ABC's Once Upon A Time.

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I thought you all might be interested in this. Creatures of Austrian legendry, alive and well in Philadelphia.

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Shared from "Marvels & Tales" on Facebook: Anne E. Duggan, associate editor of "Marvels & Tales," will be speaking this week at the symposium "Apparitions Fantastiques" in Algers, France. Click the link below for more details (in French).

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Not strictly folk-narrative related. But I thought you all might like to know. So sad.

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Welcome to the Google+ page of the American Folklore Society's Folk Narrative Section. Here, you will find links to items of interest to members (and allies) of the Section, and have the opportunity to participate in (what will hopefully become) vigorous discussion.

This page is not intended to replace our Facebook group. Rather, to complement it. Spread the word!
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