PhD Jennie O’Reilly to give conference paper to the American Folklore Society

PhD Jennie O’Reilly to give conference paper to the American Folklore Society

LJMU English Phd student Jennie O'Reilly has just received support funding from both LJMU and the American Folklore Society to deliver a conference paper in the US. Here she describes the research underlying her proposal... Back in June of this year I received an email from the American Folklore Society informing me that my paper had been accepted at this year’s Joint Annual Meeting with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research – in Miami! What an incredible location for a conference... Addressing the theme of the conference on ‘Unfinished Stories’, my paper will focus on two ethnographies: Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston and Harry Hyatt’s Hoodoo Conjuration Witchcraft Rootwork, both undertaken during the 1930s. ‘Florida is a place that draws people, white people from all the world, and Negroes from every Southern state surely and some from the North and West’ claimed Zora Neale Hurston in Mules and Men. When asked ‘where [did she] want to go to collect...
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Jennie O’Reilly

Jennie O’Reilly

I am a doctoral student based at LJMU’s Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History. My current project explores the representation of African American folk belief in the American imagination from the late nineteenth century to the present. My research is interdisciplinary and draws on a wide range of sources including newsletter publications, oral testimony, literature and film. Prior to my PhD, I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in English and History, after which I went on to gain an MA in Cultural History from the University of Liverpool....
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