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Dr. Diane Tye


Dr. Diane Tye
Education Building, Rm 4050
Department of Folklore
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X8
Phone: 709-864-4457

Diane Tye works across a number of folklore genres, including foodways, custom and narrative; she regularly teaches courses in research methodology. She has published on subjects from bachelorette parties to Christmas mummering, contemporary legend and cultural understandings of regionally iconic foods like molasses and home-baked bread. Most of her research has been located in Atlantic Canada and much of it centres on the uses women make of folklore in their everyday lives. Her book, Baking as Biography. A Life Story on Recipes (McGill Queen’s University Press, 2010), was awarded the Elli Köngäs-Maranda Book Prize by the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society (AFS).

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

Recent Publications



Baking as Biography. A Life Story in Recipes. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2010.



“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://


"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.