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Michael Dylan Foster

Michael Dylan Foster

Michael Dylan Foster is professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of The Book of Yōkai and Pandemonium and Parade, which won the Chicago Folklore Prize in 2009, and coeditor of The Folkloresque. He has written numerous other works on Japanese folklore, cultural heritage, festival, and media.

Michael Dylan Foster on 99% Invisible

Screen Shot 2020 08 27 at 9.10.29 AMCheck out Michael Dylan Foster, coeditor of The Folkloresque, on the recent 99% Invisible episode: Return of the Yokai.


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Möbius Media

Popular Culture, Folklore, and the Folkloresque

Slender Man and the Feedback Loop of Folk and Pop Cultures

One of my favorite teaching experiences involved loading a horror-themed video game on the classroom PC, turning out the lights, and inviting students to play on the big projector screen.

The Folkloresque

Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World

Why Buy a Mattress? Children's Folklore and Consumer Culture

There is no denying that children’s folklore bears the stamp of commercial culture, but kids are always ready to adapt and satirize popular advertisements. A significant number of children’s parodies of commercials involve the ingestion of a well-branded product and address the implied dangers of voracious consumption.

University Press of Colorado University of Alaska Press Utah State University Press University of Wyoming Press