Dr. Diane Tye


Dr. Diane Tye
Education Building, Rm 4043
Department of Folklore
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X8
Phone: 709-864-4457

Diane Tye’s research is located in Atlantic Canada; much of it centres on the uses women make of folklore in their everyday lives. She is author of Baking as Biography. A Life Story on Recipes (2010), winner of the Elli Köngäs-Maranda Book Prize by the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society (AFS). With Pauline Greenhill, Dr. Tye is co-editor of Undisciplined Women. Tradition and Culture in Canada (1996) and Unsettling Assumptions. Tradition, Gender, Drag (2014). Her articles explore subjects from cultural understandings of regionally iconic foods like lobster, molasses and home-baked bread, to bachelorette parties, Christmas mummering, and contemporary legend, and have appeared in Food, Culture and Society, CuiZine, Women’s Studies International Forum, and Ethnologies, among other journals.

Dr. Tye is a member of the AFS Executive Board and co-editor of Digest, the online the journal of AFS’s Foodways Section. She is a past president of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada.

Recent Publications



Co-editor with Pauline Greenhill. Unsettling Assumptions. Tradition, Gender, Drag. UP of Colorado published by Utah State UP.


Baking as Biography. A Life Story in Recipes. McGill-Queen's University Press.



“Bread for the Road: Intersections of Food and Culture in Newfoundland and Labrador.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 26.2: 1-22.

“Lobster Tales. Narratives of Food, Past and Place in Maritime Canada.” CuiZine. The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures. 3.1 Special issue on Food, Language, and Identity in Canada. Http://www.erudit.org/revue/cuizine/2011/v3/n1/1004730ar.html


"A Poor Man's Meal: Molasses in Atlantic Canada," Food, Culture and Society 11.3: 335-353.

"At Home and Away: Newfoundland Mummers and the Transformation of Difference." Material Culture Review 68 (Fall): 48-57.

With Pauline Greenhill and Holly Everett. "In Honour of Counterhegemony Man." Introduction to special issue in honour of Peter Narváez. Ethnologies 30.2: 5-12.