What Happens Next? Contemporary Urban Legends and Popular Culture

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ABC-CLIO, Jun 26, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 242 pages
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What do ghost hunting, legend tripping, and legendary monsters have in common with email hoaxes, chain letters, and horror movies? In this follow-up to Libraries Unlimited's Tales, Rumors, and Gossip: Exploring Contemporary Folk Literature in Grades 7–12, author Gail de Vos revisits popular urban legends, and examines the impact of media—online, social, and broadcast—on their current iterations.

What Happens Next? Contemporary Urban Legends and Popular Culture traces the evolution of contemporary legends from the tradition of oral storytelling to the sharing of stories on the Internet and TV. The author examines if the popularity of contemporary legends in the media has changed the form, role, and integrity of familiar legends. In addition to revisiting some of the legends highlighted in her first book, de Vos shares new tales in circulation which she sees as a direct result of technological advancements.

 

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Contents

1Overview of Media Appearances of Contemporary Legends
1
2Ostension Legend Tripping and Commodification of Folklore
29
Netlore
73
4Conspiracy Theories
105
5Ghostlore and Scary Stories
135
A Contemporary Legend?
177
Epilogue
227
Index
231
Literary Index
237
Legend Index
241
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About the author (2012)

Gail de Vos is adjunct professor at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

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