Dorothy Noyes

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Dorothy Noyes is an American folklorist and ethnologist whose comparative, ethnographic and historical research focuses on European societies and upon European immigrant communities in the United States. Beyond its area studies context, her work has aimed to enrich the conceptual toolkit of folklore studies (folkloristics) and ethnology. General problems upon which she has focused attention include the status of "provincial" communities in national and global contexts, heritage policies and politics, problems of innovation and creativity, and the nature of festival specifically and of cultural displays and representations generally.


On the faculty of The Ohio State University, Noyes is a Professor affiliated with the Departments of English, Comparative Studies, and Anthropology. She has served as the Director of the Center for Folklore Studies (2005-2014) and is affiliated with the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. She earned her B.A. in English at Indiana University (Bloomington) (1983) and her M.A (1987) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in the Department of Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, her doctoral advisor was Roger D. Abrahams. She is particularly well known for her studies of Catalonia and for her concurrent engagement with the historical, literary, and anthropological orientations that characterize the field of folklore studies (folkloristics).

She has served on the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society and presently serves on the Executive Board of the Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore.[1] In January 2017, she was elected to serve as President-elect of the American Folklore Society.[2]

The author of numbers works, her 2003 book Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco[3] won the 2005 Book Prize of the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.[4][5][6]

She has been a Princeton University Fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and has taught as a visitor at Indiana University, the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Universitat de Barcelona, and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.[7][8] She is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society.[9]

Representative Works[edit]


  • Humble Theory: Folklore's Grasp on Social Life. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. [1] (2016)
  • Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. [2] (2003)
  • The Uses of Tradition: Arts of Italian Americans in Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Folklore Project and Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial. [3] (1989)


  • "The Judgment of Solomon: Global Protections for Tradition and the Problem of Community Ownership." Cultural Analysis. 5 (2006):27-56. [4]
  • "Folklore." In The Social Science Encyclopedia. 3rd ed. Adam Kuper and Jessica Kuper, eds. pp. 375–378. New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • "Group." In Eight Words for the Study of Expressive Culture. Burt Feintuch, ed. pp. 7–41. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003. [5]
  • "La Maja Vestida: Dress as Resistance to Enlightenment in Late-18th-Century Madrid." Journal of American Folklore. 111(1998):197-217.


  1. ^, accessed December 20, 2009.
  2. ^, accessed January 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Dorothy Noyes (2003) Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press).
  4. ^ , accessed December 12, 2009.
  5. ^ Jason Baird Jackson (2006) Review of: Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco. Journal of Folklore Research 43(2):190-192.
  6. ^ Stanley Brandes (2006) Review of: Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco. Journal of American Folklore 119(472):239-240.
  7. ^ , accessed December 12, 2009
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-12-13.  , accessed December 12, 2009
  9. ^ , accessed December 12, 2009

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