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.


In Press “‘Comfort Food at its Best’: Exploring Boloney as Newfoundland Comfort Food,” Comfort Food Meanings and Memories. Ed. Lucy Long and Michael Owen Jones. University of Mississippi Press.

2015 “‘Fruitcake Always Makes Me Think of Grandma’: Food and Memory in L. M. Montgomery’s Creation of Female Landscapes.” The Food and Folklore Reader. Ed. Lucy M. Long. London: Bloomsbury. 317-326.

2015b “Reflecting on Familiar Tastes: Lessons Found in Making Chow.” Digest. A Journal of Foodways and Culture 4.2. http://digest.champlain.edu.

2014 “‘What’s Under the Kilt?’ Intersections of Ethnic and Gender Performativity.” Unsettling Assumptions. Tradition, Gender, Drag. Ed. Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye. Logan: Utah State University Press. 191-207.

2014b “Storm Days. Playing with Food and Time.” Digest. A Journal of Foodways and Culture 2.2. http://digest.champlain.edu.

2012 “Newfoundland’s Jigg’s Dinner,” Island Food: 60 Recipes and Stories from our World of Islands. Ed. Godfrey and Anna Baldacchino. Charlottetown, PE: Island Studies Press. 134-37.

2011 “Bread for the Road: Intersections of Food and Culture in Newfoundland and Labrador.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 26.2: 1-22.

2011b “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


Department of Folklore

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000