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Dr. Martin Lovelace


Dr. Martin Lovelace
Education Building, Rm 4047
Department of Folklore
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X8
Phone: 709-864-8601

Martin Lovelace's areas of research and teaching are in folk literature, especially Märchen, and ballad, with an emphasis on the relationship between these genres and social reality. Atlantic Canada is an ideal context for work on this theme, given the region’s long history of folklore collection, rich archival holdings, and its continuing opportunities to work with tradition-bearers.

Earlier work dealt with Christmas mumming; personal narrative, especially life history and autobiography; the literature of English rural life and work; and folk healing using charms. In 2010 he revisited the topic of charming, through new fieldwork and MUNFLA research, and presented a paper at the conference Charms, Charmers and Charming held in Bucharest, Romania. Last year he discussed his recent recording of a version of the ballad Lord Bateman, and ideas about its social meanings in Newfoundland, at the 41st International Ballad Conference, Faro, Portugal. In June 2012 he returns to Portugal to present a paper: "Literary and Oral Influences in Newfoundland Folktales," at an international symposium marking two hundred years since the publication of the Grimms' Household Tales.

Recent Publications

"Immateria Medica: Charmers and Their Communities in Newfoundland," in Incantatio: An International Journal on Charms, Charmers and Charming, 1 (2011), 36-47.

"Neighbours and Night Visits in the Song Repertoire of Clarence Blois," in Singing the Nations: Herder’s Legacy, eds. Dace Bula and Sigrid Rieuwerts. B.A.S.I.S. Ballads and Songs–International Studies 4. Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2008, 251-260.

"'Tam Lin' in Newfoundland," in Ballad Mediations: Folksongs Recovered, Represented, and Reimagined, eds. Roger deV. Renwick and Sigrid Rieuwerts. B.A.S.I.S. Ballads and Songs–International Studies 2. Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2006, 19-26.

“Unnatural Selection: Maud Karpeles’s Newfoundland Field Diaries,” in Folk Song Tradition,Revival, and Re-Creation. Eds. Ian Russell and David Atkinson. University of Aberdeen: The Elphinstone Institute, 2004, 284-298.

“Jack and His Masters: Real Worlds and Tale Worlds in Newfoundland Folktales,” Journal of Folklore Research 38: 1-2 (2001), 149-170.