Gerald Pocius, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Folklore Professor St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador gpocius@mun.ca Office: (709) 864-8366

Bio/Research

Pocius has researched and written on topics ranging from joke-telling and pop music, to tract housing and religious popular prints. He has worked on many aspects of Newfoundland folklore and popular culture, publishing studies of belief, religion, medicine, narrative, and music. His specialty has...

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Bio/Research

Pocius has researched and written on topics ranging from joke-telling and pop music, to tract housing and religious popular prints. He has worked on many aspects of Newfoundland folklore and popular culture, publishing studies of belief, religion, medicine, narrative, and music. His specialty has been material culture, and he has published widely on gravestones, cemeteries, textiles, folk art, architecture, furniture, and cultural landscapes. While working primarily in Newfoundland and Labrador, he has also conducted fieldwork in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Lithuania.

His book on the landscapes and spaces of one Newfoundland community, A Place to Belong, won the prestigious Chicago Folklore Prize, and the Cummings Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum in the U. S. His other books include Textile Traditions of Eastern Newfoundland, and A Field Guide to the Vernacular Architecture of St-Pierre et Miquelon. He has edited two books, Living in a Material World: Canadian and American Perspectives in Material Culture, and Directions in Canadian Architecture and published over seventy articles and book chapters. He has served on the editorial boards of Canadian Folklore canadien, New York Folklore, Australian Folklore, Journal of American Folklore, Home Cultures, and Journal of Modern Craft. For many years he was editor of the national Canadian journal, Material Culture Review.



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