Dr. Jillian Gould

Dr. Jillian Gould
Coordinator of Newfoundland and Labrador Studies
Education Building, Rm 4044
Department of Folklore
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X8

Jillian Gould’s interests include Jewish expressive culture, foodways, public folklore, ethnography and fieldwork, biography, and the culture of aging. She has published journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics ranging from the WPA fieldwork of Herbert Halpert (1911-2000), to Toronto blueberry buns, to comfort food, to the various customs and traditions performed in a Toronto Jewish seniors’ home. Her current research explores the everyday and holiday customs of non-Orthodox Jews.

Recent Papers and Publications:

2019 Review of Curatorial Conversations: Cultural Representation and the Smithsonian Festival, edited by Olivia Caldaval, Sojin Kim, and Diana Baird N’Diaye, in Journal of American Folklore, vol. 132: 523. 89-91.

2018 “From New York to Newfoundland: Herbert Halpert’s Folklore Career, ‘Lookin’ for a Home,’” Folklore Historian, vol. 35, 61-81. 

2018 “Kosher Between the Lines” paper given at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Oct. 17-20, Buffalo, New York.

2017 “Hungry for My Past: Kitchen Comfort with Fried Bread and Eggs,” Comfort Food Meanings and Memories. Eds. Michael Owen Jones and Lucy Long. University of Mississippi Press.  99-114.

2016 “It’s Heimish: Cooking, Eating, Remembering Good Jewish Food,” paper given at Jewish Folklore in the Twenty-First Century: A Symposium, Nov. 20-21, University of Texas, Austin.

2015 “Herbert Halpert’s 1938 Illustrated Radio Talk on American Folk Songs,” paper given at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Oct. 14-17, Long Beach, California.

2014 “ ‘Like the Boll Weevil, I’m ‘Jes Lookin’ for a Home’: The Early Career WPA Fieldwork of Herbert Halpert,” paper given at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, November 5-8, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2013 “A Nice Piece of Cake and a Kibitz: Re-inventing Sabbath Hospitality in an Institutional Home,” in Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design, & Domestic Space. Vol. 2, issue 1, 89-116.

2013b “Canada, Jews of,” in Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions, eds. Raphael Patai (Founding Editor), Haya Bar Itzhak. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 97-101.

2012 “ ‘I Lit the Candle with Fire from My Heart.’: Observing Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) at a Jewish Home for the Aged,” in Ethnologies. Vol. 4-1-2, 91-112.

2011 “Shiva as Creative Ritual in an Institutional Home,” in Jewish Cultural Studies, Vol. 3 Revisioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions in Transition, ed. Simon Bronner.Oxford, Littman, 317-337.

2003 “Blueberry Buns: History, Community, Memory” in Material Culture Review (57) https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/MCR/article/view/17941/22013