Jennifer Eastman Attebery
Professor of English
Director, Folklore Program
PhD, Folklore and American Studies (1985),
MA, Folklore (1974), Indiana University
BA, English (1973), College of Idaho
Having grown up in Idaho, I have always been fascinated with the peoples of the Western region, their many cultures and common history. Those interests led me to studies at Indiana University's Folklore Institute, and they have always guided my research and teaching. Most recently, I have explored the meaning and function of Scandinavian-American holidays for a book forthcoming from Utah State University Press, “Pole-raising and Flag-waving." That research project took me to archives throughout the Rocky Mountain states and to Sweden, where I served during 2011 as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University.
My research and teaching interests also include vernacular writing and the differences among texts produced through the technologies of orality, handwriting, print, electronics, and multimodality. In my book Up in the Rocky Mountains, I used methods from folkloristics to interpret the handwritten letters of Swedish immigrants as vernacular texts. My work with Swedish letters was accomplished in part through having received a teaching/research Fulbright award at University of Gothenburg during spring 1998.
I joined the ISU Department of English and Philosophy in 1992 after having worked for many years at the Idaho State Historical Society. During my time with the historical society I completed Building Idaho: An Architectural History, which deals with both designed and vernacular architecture. The book won the Idaho Library Association Book Award for 1991 and a commendation from the American Association for State and Local History.
Pole Raising and Speech Making: Modalities of Swedish American Summer Celebration. Volume 3, Ritual, Festival, and Celebration series, ed. Jack Santino. Logan: Utah State University Press, forthcoming 2015.
Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
Building with Logs: Western Log Construction in Context. Moscow: University of Idaho Press, 1998.
Building Idaho: An Architectural History. Moscow: University of Idaho Press, 1991.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
"Scandinavianism in the Rocky Mountain West, Pragmatic and Programmatic." Swedes and Norwegians in the U.S., ed. Dag Blanck and Philip Anderson. Minneapolis: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011. 295-307.
"Peasant Letters Revisited," Swedish-American Historical Quarterly 56.2-3 (2005):126-40.
"Swedish America in the Rocky Mountain West, 1880-1917: Folkloric Perspectives on the Immigrant Letter," Scandinavian Studies 77 (2005): 53-84.
"Swedish Immigrants and the Myth of the West," Swedish-American Historical Quarterly 60.3 (2004): 179-93.
"Claiming Ethnicity: Implicit and Explicit Expressions of Ethnicity among Swedish Americans." Not English Only, ed. Orm Øverland. European Contributions to American Studies, no. 48. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2001. 12 28. Also published in American Studies in Scandinavia 32.1 (2000): 6-28.
- 6000-level: Seminars in Interdisciplinary Studies, Vernacular Texts, and Ethnic Literature
- 4490/5590: Topics in Folklore (with focus on various genres and themes)
- 2212: Introduction to Folklore/Oral Tradition
- 1102: Critical Reading and Writing
- 1101: English Composition
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