“If you say that there are elephants flying in the sky, people are not going to believe you. But if you say that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants flying in the sky, people will probably believe you.”
"Living Folklore moves beyond genres and classifications and encourages students who are new to the field to see the study of folklore as a unique approach to understanding people, communities, and day-to-day artistic communication.” (x)
This week, our spotlight is shining on none other than Senior Lecturer Sims, folklorist extraordinaire. Sim has developed and taught a service-learning composition course focused on collecting oral history, as well as a course focused on collecting local culture to be integrated into an interactive map, both in Columbus’ Mt. Vernon Avenue neighborhood — the King-Lincoln District. She is the co-author, with Martine Stephens, of Living Folklore, an introductory folklore textbook.
Professor Phelan is one of three faculty members who helped start OSU’s Project Narrative. The group sponsors lectures, colloquia, and conferences at OSU, bringing specialists from all over the world to discuss developments in narrative theory.