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Narrative Culture

Edited by Ulrich Marzolph, Regina F. Bendix, and Francisco Vaz da Silva

Subjects: Anthropology, Art, Children's Literature, Cultural Studies, Fairy-Tale Studies, Film Theory and Criticism, Folklore, Humor, Language and Literature, Performance Studies, Popular Culture, Theater

Published 2 times per year
ISSN 2169-0235
E-ISSN 2169-0251

H-Index: 4

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Narrative Culture is affiliated with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR). 


Narrative Culture claims narration as a broad and pervasive human practice, warranting a holistic perspective to grasp its place comparatively across time and space. Inviting contributions that document, discuss, and theorize narrative culture, the journal seeks to offer a platform that integrates approaches spread across numerous disciplines. The field of narrative culture thus outlined is defined by a large variety of forms of popular narratives, including not only oral and written texts, but also narratives in images, three-dimensional art, customs, rituals, drama, dance, music, and so forth. 


Narrative Culture
Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2021
Special Issue: Belief Narratives
Guest Editor: 
Ülo Valk

What Are Belief Narratives? An Introduction
Ülo Valk

Canonical Belief Narratives of the Buddha: Folklore and Religion in the Early Buddhist Discourses
Eviatar Shulman

Reflections of Historical Witch Trials in Latvian Folklore: Veckušķis Legend Cycle
Sandis Laime

The Rise of Chupa-Sangue in a World of “Fake News”: Living Legends of Vampirism in Mozambique and Malawi
Terry Gunnell

“A World Where Many Worlds Fit”: Understanding Cosmopolitics through Narratives of Possessions and Spirit Invocation among Lhopos (Bhutia) in Sikkim
Kikee Doma Bhutia

New Life of Old Mongolian Demons
Alevtina Solovyeva

Metaphysical Experiences in Postwar Vietnam
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan

“Thy Fame Shall Never Cease”: Ritualized Oratory and Mythmaking in Renaissance Reproductions of Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Address
Christal Seahorn

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The following issues are available in print:

8.2: Belief Narratives
8.1: Containing Women—Entanglements of Genre and Gender

7.2: The Seven Sages Tradition

6.2: Thinking with Stories in Times of Conflict 
6.1: Political Narratives


4.2: Experiencing the Other-than-Human World
4.1: Project Narrative