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Gary R Butler

Department of Humanities

Professor
 
Office: McLaughlin College, 030
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 44090
Emailgbutler@yorku.ca
 
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Degrees

PhD, Memorial University
M. ès L., Université de Bordeaux III
BA, Memorial University
BEd, Memorial University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies


Research Interests

Anthropology , Culture and Cultural Studies , Oral Narrative Discourse, African & Caribbean Oral Tradition

Selected Publications

with R. King. 'The Discourse Marker 'Mais Dame': Past & Present Functions.' Canadian Journal of Linguistics 53.1 (2008): 63-82.

'Personal Experience Narratives and the Social Construction of Meaning in Confrontational Discourse.' New Perspectives in Canadian Folklore. Ed. Peter Narvaez. Spec. issue of Journal of American Folklore 115 (2002): 154-174.

'Le diable dans le legendaire des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve.' Entre Beauce et Acadie: facelles d’un parcours ethnologique. Ed. Jean-Pierre Pichette. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2001. 294-313.

Histoire et traditions orales des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve. Québec: Éditions du Septentrion, 1995.

Saying Isn't Believing: Conversation, Narrative and the Discourse of Belief in a French-Newfoundland Community. St. John's and Philadelphia: Institute of Social and Economic Research/Publications of the American Folklore Society, 1991.

Current Research Projects

  • Cultural Assimilation and Dissimilation: The African-Caribbean Narrative Tradition in Toronto  more...
  • Cultural Adaptation and Retention: The African-Caribbean Narrative Tradition in Toronto  more...
  • Folkloristics and Conversational Discourse in Acadian Culture   more...
  • A Study of Folk Discourse Processes in Three Acadian Communities in Eastern Canada  more...

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All Publications

Books

Histoire et traditions orales des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve. Québec: Éditions du Septentrion, 1995.

Saying Isn't Believing: Conversation, Narrative and the Discourse of Belief in a French-Newfoundland Community. St. John's and Philadelphia: Institute of Social and Economic Research/Publications of the American Folklore Society, 1991.

Book Chapters

with Ruth King. 'Les Franco-Terreneuviens et le franco-terreneuvien.' Le français en Amérique du Nord. Ed. Julie Auger et Albert Valdman. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2005. 168-187.

'Le diable dans le legendaire des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve.' Entre Beauce et Acadie: facelles d’un parcours ethnologique. Ed. Jean-Pierre Pichette. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2001. 294-313.

'Beyond the Text: The Importance of Cognitive Expansion in Folkloristic analysis.' Studies in Newfoundland Folklore: Community and Process. Ed. G. Thomas and J.D. Widdowson. St. John's: Breakwater Books, 1991. 215-226.

'The lutin Tradition in French Newfoundland: Discourse and Belief.' The Good People: New Fairylore Studies. Ed. Peter Narvaez. New York: Garland Publications, 1991. 5-21.

'Folk Belief in Newfoundland and Labrador.' The Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. Ed. Joseph R. Smallwood. Vol. II. St John's: Newfoundland Book Publishers, 1984. 244-46.

Conference Proceedings

'Les grandes tendances en ethnologie au Canada anglais.' Ethnologie francophone de l’Amérique et d’ailleurs. Ed. Laurier Turgeon et Anne-Marie Desdouits. Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 1997. 94-102.

'L’importance de l’étude du discours traditionnel en milieu franco-ontarien.' L’oeuvre de Germain Lemieux, S.J.: Bilan d’ethnologie en Ontario français. Ed. Jean-Pierre Pichette. Ottawa: Collection Ancarages, 1993. 427-437.

Professional Journal Articles

with R. King. 'The Discourse Marker 'Mais Dame': Past & Present Functions.' Canadian Journal of Linguistics 53.1 (2008): 63-82.

with R. King & T. Nadasdi. 'First Person Plural in Prince Edward Island Acadian French: The Fate of the Vernacular Variant je…ons.' Language Variation and Change 16.3 (2004): 237-255.

'Personal Experience Narratives and the Social Construction of Meaning in Confrontational Discourse.' New Perspectives in Canadian Folklore. Ed. Peter Narvaez. Spec. issue of Journal of American Folklore 115 (2002): 154-174.

Butler, Gary, ed. Contemporary Cultural Discourses: An Anthology. Spec. Issue of Canadian Folklore canadien 18.1 (1996).

'Introduction: Contemporary Cultural Discourses.' Canadian Folklore canadien 18.1(1996): 5-12.

'Oral Narrative as an Index of Cultural Resistance in Toronto's Caribbean Community.' Canadian Folklore canadien 18.1 (1996): 71-94.

with K. Warner. ''Spare Any Change?': Power and Discourse in Toronto's Panhandling Subculture.' Canadian Folklore canadien 18.1 (1996): 13-26.

'Ethnographic Approaches in Mass Media Research: The Social Dimension in Television Studies.' Lore & Language.

'La tradition musicale des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve: une étude descriptive.' Canadian Folk Music Journal 23.1 (1995): 3-19.

Butler, Gary and P. Greenhill, ed. Folkloristics and Ethnology in Canada. Spec. Issue of Journal of Canadian Studies 29:1 (1994).

'Discourse, Evidentiality and the Seventh Son Healing Tradition in French-Newfoundland Culture.' Canadian Folklore canadien 16.1 (1994): 158-183.

'Introduction: Folklore & Ethnology in Canada.' Spec. Issue of Journal of Canadian Studies 29.1 (1994): 3-10.

'L’Acadie et la France se rencontrent: le peuplement franco-acadien de la baie St-Georges, Terre-Neuve.' Newfoundland Studies 10.2 (1994): 180-207.

'Indexicality, Authority and Communication in Traditional Narrative Discourse.' Journal of American Folklore 105 (1992): 34-56.

Published Reviews Of Your Work

Ronald Labelle. "Review: 'Histoire et traditions orales des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve'." Revue de l'Amérique française 50.2 (1996): 250-253.

Michele D. Dominy. "Review: 'Saying Isn't Believing'." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 3.1 (1993): 122-123.

Marie-Annick Desplanques. "Review: 'Saying Isn't Believing'." Culture & Tradition 14.1 (1992): 75-78.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2015-2016 AP/HUMA1900 9.0  Introduction to Traditional and Popular Culture LECT  
Fall 2015 AP/HUMA3665 3.0  African Oral Tradition SEMR  



Degrees

PhD, Memorial University
M. ès L., Université de Bordeaux III
BA, Memorial University
BEd, Memorial University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies


Research Interests:

Anthropology , Culture and Cultural Studies , Oral Narrative Discourse, African & Caribbean Oral Tradition

Current Research Projects

  • Cultural Assimilation and Dissimilation: The African-Caribbean Narrative Tradition in Toronto
    Summary: 
    This project traces the tradition of oral narrative from its roots in West Africa to the Caribbean (in particular, Trinidad & Tobago). It focuses on how the elements of this traditional culture had evolved in the new urban context of the Caribbean community in Toronto.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Sole & Principal Investigator

    End Date:  Month: Sep  Year: 2001

    Funders: 
    Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • Cultural Adaptation and Retention: The African-Caribbean Narrative Tradition in Toronto
    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal and sole investigator

    End Date:  Month: Jan  Year: 2001

    Funders: 
    Secretary of State of Canada (Multiculturalism and Citizenship)

  • Folkloristics and Conversational Discourse in Acadian Culture
    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal and sole investigator

    Funders: 
    Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • A Study of Folk Discourse Processes in Three Acadian Communities in Eastern Canada
    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal and sole investigator

    Funders: 
    Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada

Selected Publications

with R. King. 'The Discourse Marker 'Mais Dame': Past & Present Functions.' Canadian Journal of Linguistics 53.1 (2008): 63-82.

'Personal Experience Narratives and the Social Construction of Meaning in Confrontational Discourse.' New Perspectives in Canadian Folklore. Ed. Peter Narvaez. Spec. issue of Journal of American Folklore 115 (2002): 154-174.

'Le diable dans le legendaire des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve.' Entre Beauce et Acadie: facelles d’un parcours ethnologique. Ed. Jean-Pierre Pichette. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2001. 294-313.

Histoire et traditions orales des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve. Québec: Éditions du Septentrion, 1995.

Saying Isn't Believing: Conversation, Narrative and the Discourse of Belief in a French-Newfoundland Community. St. John's and Philadelphia: Institute of Social and Economic Research/Publications of the American Folklore Society, 1991.

All Publications

Books

Histoire et traditions orales des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve. Québec: Éditions du Septentrion, 1995.

Saying Isn't Believing: Conversation, Narrative and the Discourse of Belief in a French-Newfoundland Community. St. John's and Philadelphia: Institute of Social and Economic Research/Publications of the American Folklore Society, 1991.

Book Chapters

with Ruth King. 'Les Franco-Terreneuviens et le franco-terreneuvien.' Le français en Amérique du Nord. Ed. Julie Auger et Albert Valdman. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2005. 168-187.

'Le diable dans le legendaire des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve.' Entre Beauce et Acadie: facelles d’un parcours ethnologique. Ed. Jean-Pierre Pichette. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2001. 294-313.

'Beyond the Text: The Importance of Cognitive Expansion in Folkloristic analysis.' Studies in Newfoundland Folklore: Community and Process. Ed. G. Thomas and J.D. Widdowson. St. John's: Breakwater Books, 1991. 215-226.

'The lutin Tradition in French Newfoundland: Discourse and Belief.' The Good People: New Fairylore Studies. Ed. Peter Narvaez. New York: Garland Publications, 1991. 5-21.

'Folk Belief in Newfoundland and Labrador.' The Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. Ed. Joseph R. Smallwood. Vol. II. St John's: Newfoundland Book Publishers, 1984. 244-46.

Conference Proceedings

'Les grandes tendances en ethnologie au Canada anglais.' Ethnologie francophone de l’Amérique et d’ailleurs. Ed. Laurier Turgeon et Anne-Marie Desdouits. Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 1997. 94-102.

'L’importance de l’étude du discours traditionnel en milieu franco-ontarien.' L’oeuvre de Germain Lemieux, S.J.: Bilan d’ethnologie en Ontario français. Ed. Jean-Pierre Pichette. Ottawa: Collection Ancarages, 1993. 427-437.

Professional Journal Articles

with R. King. 'The Discourse Marker 'Mais Dame': Past & Present Functions.' Canadian Journal of Linguistics 53.1 (2008): 63-82.

with R. King & T. Nadasdi. 'First Person Plural in Prince Edward Island Acadian French: The Fate of the Vernacular Variant je…ons.' Language Variation and Change 16.3 (2004): 237-255.

'Personal Experience Narratives and the Social Construction of Meaning in Confrontational Discourse.' New Perspectives in Canadian Folklore. Ed. Peter Narvaez. Spec. issue of Journal of American Folklore 115 (2002): 154-174.

Butler, Gary, ed. Contemporary Cultural Discourses: An Anthology. Spec. Issue of Canadian Folklore canadien 18.1 (1996).

'Introduction: Contemporary Cultural Discourses.' Canadian Folklore canadien 18.1(1996): 5-12.

'Oral Narrative as an Index of Cultural Resistance in Toronto's Caribbean Community.' Canadian Folklore canadien 18.1 (1996): 71-94.

with K. Warner. ''Spare Any Change?': Power and Discourse in Toronto's Panhandling Subculture.' Canadian Folklore canadien 18.1 (1996): 13-26.

'Ethnographic Approaches in Mass Media Research: The Social Dimension in Television Studies.' Lore & Language.

'La tradition musicale des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve: une étude descriptive.' Canadian Folk Music Journal 23.1 (1995): 3-19.

Butler, Gary and P. Greenhill, ed. Folkloristics and Ethnology in Canada. Spec. Issue of Journal of Canadian Studies 29:1 (1994).

'Discourse, Evidentiality and the Seventh Son Healing Tradition in French-Newfoundland Culture.' Canadian Folklore canadien 16.1 (1994): 158-183.

'Introduction: Folklore & Ethnology in Canada.' Spec. Issue of Journal of Canadian Studies 29.1 (1994): 3-10.

'L’Acadie et la France se rencontrent: le peuplement franco-acadien de la baie St-Georges, Terre-Neuve.' Newfoundland Studies 10.2 (1994): 180-207.

'Indexicality, Authority and Communication in Traditional Narrative Discourse.' Journal of American Folklore 105 (1992): 34-56.

Published Reviews Of Your Work

Ronald Labelle. "Review: 'Histoire et traditions orales des Franco-Acadiens de Terre-Neuve'." Revue de l'Amérique française 50.2 (1996): 250-253.

Michele D. Dominy. "Review: 'Saying Isn't Believing'." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 3.1 (1993): 122-123.

Marie-Annick Desplanques. "Review: 'Saying Isn't Believing'." Culture & Tradition 14.1 (1992): 75-78.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2015-2016 AP/HUMA1900 9.0  Introduction to Traditional and Popular Culture LECT  
Fall 2015 AP/HUMA3665 3.0  African Oral Tradition SEMR