Dorothy Noyes is Associate Professor of English, Director of the Center for Folklore Studies, and Research Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. She works on the history of folk voice as a dimension of the modern public sphere, concentrating on the Romance-speaking Mediterranean. She has written extensively on the tension between performance and heritage, the interaction of state and local actors in both collective performance and knowledge institutions, and, in her current work, the social organization of creativity. Her most recent book is Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and winner of the 2005 Book Prize of the Fellows of the American Folklore Society. She has taught as a visitor at Penn, Indiana, NYU, and the universities of Barcelona, Göttingen, and Cluj. Elected Fellow of the American Folklore Society in 2005, she has served on the AFS Executive Board and now serves on that of the Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore. Course topics include folklore theory, performance, the cultural history of waste and recycling, American regional cultures, festival, and fairy tale.
Research & Project Links
Dorothy Noyes contributed her essay, "Traditional Culture: How Does it Work?," to the CP101 Concepts and Institutions in Cultural Property Working Papers on the The Interdisciplinary Research Group on Cultural Property of the German Research Foundation website. This essay can be found in the "working papers" section of the Publications page. Noyes also wrote a blog post on Folklorismus and opera titled An Operatic Cultural Property: Smetana in Berlin.
Noyes contributed to "Push Me Pull You: Questions of Co-Authorship," a blog conversation of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.
- Folklore, performance, festivals
- Romance-speaking Mediterranean
- Ph.D., Department of Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania