Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture 2022-11-25T00:23:29+01:00 Piotr Grochowski Open Journal Systems <p><em>Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture. Literatura Ludowa</em> is the quarterly double-blind peer reviewed Open Access academic journal published by The Polish Ethnological Society.</p> <p>Intended to be both international in its scope and interdisciplinary in approach, the Journal provides a forum for wide-ranging, in-depth discussion on historical and contemporary forms of folklore as well as popular and vernacular culture. Our aim is to publish original papers in folklore research, cultural anthropology, culture studies and related fields concerning language, literature, religion, history, performance, communication and new media.</p> <p>ISSN 2544-2872 (online)<br />ISSN 0024-4708 (print)</p> <p><em> </em></p> Contemporary Folklore and Podcast Culture: Towards Democratization of Knowledge and Re-Oralization of Culture 2022-11-24T23:51:40+01:00 Ceallaigh S. MacCath-Moran Aldona Kobus <p><strong>Ceallaigh S. Maccath-Moran</strong> is a PhD candidate in the Folklore Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland, a writer, a poet and a musician. Ceallaigh’s research interests include animal rights activism as a public performance of ethical belief, which is the topic of her dissertation, and creative applications of folkloristic scholarship for storytellers. Her <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Folklore &amp; Fiction podcast</a>, “where folklore scholarship meets storytelling craft”, launched in 2021.</p> 2022-11-28T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Ceallaigh S. MacCath-Moran, Aldona Kobus Sofia Josypowna Hryca: Instead of an Obituary 2022-11-25T00:11:17+01:00 Mychajło Chaj 2022-11-28T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Mychajło Chaj; Iwona Rzepnikowska Introduction: Podcasting as the Marker of Cultural Shift in Media 2022-11-24T21:08:58+01:00 Aldona Kobus 2022-11-28T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Aldona Kobus LGBTQ+ Representation in Fictional Podcast Series 2022-11-20T19:52:11+01:00 Emilia Ferreyra <p>The article offers an analysis of the frequency and quality of LGBTQ+ representation in fictional podcasts. I examine how frequently and with what intent LGBTQ+ characters are included in this medium. This research aims to fill the gap in academic work on LGBTQ+ representation in podcasts. Though scholars note an increase in representation in mainstream media, LGBTQ+ media consumers, especially young people, still look to other sources for validation of their identities. Many LGBTQ+ people look to fictional podcasts as a source of quality representation, especially because podcasts are small-scale and rely on the funding, and thus the opinion, of listeners (Bottomley, 2015). In this paper, I analyze four fictional podcast series for LGBTQ+ inclusivity. I note how many LGBTQ+ characters are included and in what proportion. I assess the quality of representation in four ways: diversity, depth, and the frequency and type of stereotypical LGBTQ+ tropes. My findings show a high frequency of LGBTQ+ characters and diversity of personalities and backgrounds, opportunities for these characters to express their sexual and/or gender identities as well as LGBTQ+ trope subversions. Thus, we see that fictional podcasts, as a medium that sustains itself by listeners’ patronage, present stories that their audience can relate to. As a result, fictional podcasts create more niche stories that make connections with smaller demographics of media consumers.</p> 2022-11-28T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Emilia Ferreyra Antifascist Mothers and Folk Healers: Queer Reinterpretations of Polish and Regional Cultural Archetypes in Familia 2022-11-24T21:53:34+01:00 Michał Pokrowiecki <p>The article serves as an analysis of Familia, a Polish independent fiction podcast from 2020 produced by the Teraz Poliż theatre as a response to increase of state supported homophobic propaganda in the recent years. By pointing out similarities and differences between the podcast in question and mainstream Polish audio series, as well as drawing comparisons to popular globally distributed independent audio fiction produced in English, the author aims to prove the unique position of Familia as a sole representative of a politically conscious podcast drama presenting a specifically Polish perspective on queer emancipation. The author then proceeds to analyse the narrative content of the podcast, presenting the ways in which the story plays with elements of traditional, Polish national identity, reframing them via a radical lens as potential symbolic tools for LGBTQ+ emancipation and antifascist resistance in everyday life, while at the same time warning of the limited scope of use for such tools.</p> 2022-11-28T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Michał Pokrowiecki I Am in Eskew: Soundscape, Cityscape and Mindscape of Hostile Architecture 2022-11-24T22:56:39+01:00 Aldona Kobus <p>Am in Eskew is the epitome of an independent podcast, written, produced and performed by two people – Jon Ware and Muna Hussen. It tells the story of David Ward (Jon Ware), a man trapped in the city of Eskew, where nightmares become real. The story offers manifold answers and interpretations, depending which genre and mode of reception we choose to follow. On a literal level it is a fantasy horror story about a cursed city that tortures its entrapped residents by creating cityscapes full of monsters, spatial and body horror (Eskew as a landscape); on a metaphorical level I Am in Eskew is a representation of mental illness and mental disorders (Eskew as a mindscape). The present article discusses the use of medium in I Am in Eskew and the capabilities of podcasts in creating an immersive horror story (Eskew as a soundscape) as well as possible interpretations of the podcast, focusing on the concept of hostile architecture as an expression of the late capitalist inclination to dehumanize various aspects of human life (space, relationships etc.). The article discusses hostile architecture as a form of narration and narration as a form of hostile architecture through the lense of Derridian hauntology.</p> 2022-11-28T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Aldona Kobus Opinions on the Podcast Raport o stanie świata among Sponsors Supporting the Podcast Financially 2022-11-24T23:14:53+01:00 Urszula Doliwa Piotr Kaźmierczak Ada Stachowicz Paulina Szczepańska Magdalena Szydłowska <p>The podcast Raport o stanie świata (Report on the State of the World) is a recognizable brand on the Polish media market because of the quality of production and the personality of its creator – Dariusz Rosiak. Raport… is a subjective commentary on world events by Rosiak and his associates. Its recipients are a faithful and very conscious group of listeners who have a clear opinion about this production. This applies especially to the podcast patrons who support its activities financially and guarantee its functioning. The aim of the study was to find out what the patrons’ opinions about the podcast are. In this context, it was also important to check who the respondents are and from what perspective they evaluate it. The members of the research team joined the closed group of patrons of the Raport... on FB. It was used to conduct a survey with 80 respondents. The research took place between May 10 and May 21, 2021. The survey was created and distributed on the Google Forms platform. In addition, four pre-structured interviews with patrons were conducted via the Messenger application, which allowed for the implementation of some qualitative research. The interviews were recorded and transcribed. The participants of the research point towards the high professionalism of the production, its educational character, as well as the independence of the creators. They also appreciate the fact that the program is distributed in the form of a podcast, which allows one to peruse it repeatedly, anywhere and anytime.</p> 2022-11-28T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Urszula Doliwa, Piotr Kaźmierczak, Ada Stachowicz, Paulina Szczepańska, Magdalena Szydłowska We All Do as Idiots Sometimes: On the Therapeutic Dimension of a Podcast 2022-11-25T00:23:29+01:00 Agnieszka Wierzchołowska <p>Podcast review: Joanna Okuniewska, Ja i moje przyjaciółki idiotki (Me and my idiot friends), Spotify, February 19, 2019 - April 28, 2022.</p> 2022-11-28T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Agnieszka Wierzchołowska