Unsettling Assumptions
Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye
6x9, est 260 pages

ISBN 978-0-87421-897-8
paper $29.95s (July 2014)

ISBN 978-0-87421-898-5
e-book $25.00 (July 2014)

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Pauline Greenhill is professor of women's and gender studies at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Diane Tye is professor in Memorial University of Newfoundland's Department of Folklore.

Unsettling Assumptions

Tradition, Gender, Drag

Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye

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This broad-ranging collection makes a significant and welcome contribution to the study and teaching of folklore; it also has an interdisciplinary reach into masculinity studies, queer theory, transgender studies, and cultural studies; and it succeeds in troubling certain assumptions in the discipline of folklore/ethnology as well as in gender studies and cultural studies.
—Cristina Bacchilega, University of Hawai'i

In Unsettling Assumptions, editors Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye link gender studies with traditional and popular culture studies to examine how tradition and gender can intersect to unsettle assumptions about culture and its study.

Contributors explore the intersections of traditional expressive culture and sex/gender systems by challenging their conventional constructions, using sex/gender as a lens to question, investigate, or upset concepts like family, ethics, and authenticity. Individual essays consider myriad topics such as Thanksgiving turkeys, rockabilly and bar fights, Chinese tales of female ghosts, selkie stories, a noisy Mennonite New Year's celebration, the Distaff Gospels, Kentucky tobacco farmers, international adoptions, and more.

In Unsettling Assumptions, expressive culture emerges as fundamental both to our sense of belonging to a family, an occupation, or friendship group and, most notably, to identity performativity. Within larger contexts, these works offer a better understanding of cultural attitudes like misogyny, homophobia, and racism as well as the construction and negotiation of power.