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Dr. Paul Smith

Dr. Paul Smith
Education Building, Rm 4040
Department of Folklore
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X8
Phone: 709-864-8410

Dr. Paul Smith is involved in research on contemporary legend, traditional drama, folklore and popular literature (including broadsides, chapbooks and photocopy-lore), folklore and technology, computer application in folklore research, non-verbal traditions, custom, foodways, graffiti and humor. He has published numerous books, including two popular collections of contemporary legends and two on photocopy joke sheets. In collaboration with Dr. Gillian Bennett, he edited the five-volume Perspectives on Contemporary Legend essay series (1984-1990), wrote Contemporary Legend: The First Five Years (1990), compiled Contemporary Legend: An Annotated Bibliography (1993), and has published Contemporary Legend: A Reader (1996). In addition, Dr. Smith has written over 90 articles and chapters for a variety of journals and books, is editor of Contemporary Legend, and co-editor of Traditional Drama Studies, New Books in Folklore and Current Contents in Folklore. He is Co-Director of the Institute for Folklore Studies in Britain and Canada, and Vice-President of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.