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Gary R Butler

Department of Humanities

Professor
 
Office: 030 McLaughlin College
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 2014-2015 AP/HUMA1900 9.0  Introduction to Traditional and Popular Culture LECT Course Website 



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 2014-2015 AP/HUMA1900 9.0  Introduction to Traditional and Popular Culture LECT Course Website