Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

English

Date of Award

12-2011

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Theresa A. Lloyd

Committee Members

Kevin E. O'Donnell, Charles S. Olson

Abstract

I collected forty-two e-mail forwards over the course of four months, and from those I formulated a framework that adapts existing theory in collection and study of real-world folklore to the emerging folk communities that exist on the internet. Through this analysis I prove that the same genres of folklore that is routinely collected by folklorists have been adapted to fit the digital environment of the internet. I then use the framework that I lay out to perform a study of the e-mails themselves.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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