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Qualifications

Northwestern University, Ph.D. Performance Studies, 1994.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. M.A., Folklore 1987.
Sarah Lawrence College, B.A. 1976, Liberal Arts.

About

Joseph Daniel Sobol, Ph.D. is a Professor of Storytelling in the Faculty of Creative Industries. From 2000-2017 he was Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University. His dissertation on the American storytelling revival was published in 1999 by the University of Illinois Press under the title “The Storytellers’ Journey: An American Revival.” He is a co-founder of the Storytelling in Higher Education Special Interest Group of the National Storytelling Network, and a co-founder and co-editor of the journal Storytelling, Self, Society: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies.

Experience

Director, George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Research, University of South Wales, Cardiff, UK, 2017-
Professor, Dept. of Communication and Performance, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City TN; Coordinator of Graduate Program in Storytelling, 2000-2017
Founder-director-principal performer, Kiltartan Road Productions, Chicago IL, 1992-
Visiting Artist and Artist-in-the-Schools, North and South Carolina, 1985-1992

Responsibilities

Co-Editor, Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies, Wayne State University Press, 2004-
Director, George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Studies, 2017-
Co-Principal Investigator, ETSU Cancer Stories Project, 2003-

Publications

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
BOOKS:
2005 The House Between Earth and Sky: Harvesting New American Folktales. Dover, NH: Libraries Unlimited (Teacher Ideas Press). Combines a guide to teaching and collecting folklore from secondary TESOL classes with an anthology of international folktales collected in middle school and high school TESOL residencies.
1999 The Storytellers’ Journey: An American Revival. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.
1994 Jack in Two Worlds: Jack Tales in Performance, co-edited with William B. McCarthy and Cheryl Oxford; contributed essays on, and transcriptions of performances by, Ray Hicks and Donald Davis. Publications of the American Folklore Society and University of North Carolina Press.

REFEREED ARTICLES:
2016 “”The Next Last of a Breed: Dynastic Succession and Resistance in an Appalachian Storytelling Clan.” Journal of Appalachian Studies, Fall, 2017.
2013 “Diane Wolkstein Skipped in Her Sleep: In the Footsteps of a Public Intellectual.” With Caren Schnur Neile. Storytelling, Self, Society 9:1 (Winter 2013)
2010 “Bhutan National Storytelling Conference: Introduction to the Special Issue.” Storytelling, Self, Society 6:1 (Winter 2010)
2010 “Oracy in the New Millenium: Storytelling Revival in America and Bhutan” Storytelling, Self, Society 6:1 (Jan.-Apr., 2010)
2008 “Contemporary Storytelling: Revived Traditional Art and Protean Social Agent.” Storytelling, Self, Society 4:2 (May-Aug. 2008)
2007 “Little Names and Big Names: Kathryn Windham and the American Storytelling Movement.” Storytelling, Self, Society 3:3 (Sept.-Dec. 2007)
2006 “Whistlin’ Towards the Devil’s House: Poetic Transformations and Natural Metaphysics in an Appalachian Folktale Performance.” Oral Tradition, 21:1 (Mar. 2006). Columbia, MO: U of Missouri.
2006 “Raising Up Abraham.” Points of Entry: Cross-Currents in Storytelling 4 (2006). Newport News, VA: Christopher Newport University. Creative non-fiction.
2004 Isbell, Rebecca, Joseph Sobol, Liane Lindauer, April Lowrence. “The Effects of Story Telling and Story Reading on the Oral Language Complexity and Story Comprehension of Young Children.” Early Childhood Bulletin. Fall, 2004.
2004 Sobol, Joseph, John Gentile, Sunwolf. “An Introduction to the Inaugural Issue.” Storytelling, Self, Society. 1:1, Fall, 2004. Boca Raton: Florida Atlantic University.
2004 Sobol, Joseph, with Jo Radner, David Novak, Karen Dietz, Gioia Timpanelli, Doug Lipman. “Visions for Storytelling Studies: a Forum.” Storytelling, Self, Society. 1:1, Fall, 2004. Boca Raton: Florida Atlantic University.
1992 “Innertext and Innervision: Oral Traditional and Oral Interpretive Modes of Storytelling Performance,” article, Oral Tradition (7:1).

BOOK CHAPTERS:
2016 “Fairy Tales in Contemporary Performance.” In Routledge Companion tof Fairy Tales Cultures and Media, Pauline Greenhill, Jill Terry Rudy, and Naomi Hamer, Eds. 2017, In Press.
2008 “Storytelling.” In Encyclopedia of Folk and Fairy Tales. Donald Haase, ed. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
2005 “The Renaissance of Storytelling in Twentieth Century Appalachia” In The Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, forthcoming
2000 “Juan Bobo’s Pig,” story. In More Ready to Tell Tales. Little Rock: August House.
1998 “The Storytelling Revival.” In Traditional Storytelling Today: An International Encyclopedia. Ed. Margaret Read MacDonald. Fitzroy-Dearborn Press, London-Chicago.
1998 “The Storytelling Festival as Ritual.” In From Fireplace to Cyberspace, Allerton Park Proceedings 39. Ed. Betsy Hearne, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, University of Illinois-Champaign.
1996 “Innertext and Innervision: Oral Traditional and Oral Interpretive Modes of Storytelling Performance.” In Who Says?: Aesthetic and Ethical Issues in Storytelling, Carol Birch and Melissa Heckler, eds., August House,
1994 “Jack in the Raw: Ray Hicks.” Article and performance transcript. In McCarthy et al. Jack in Two Worlds: Jack Tales in Performance. Publications of the American Folklore Society and University of North Carolina Press.
1994 “Between Worlds: Donald Davis.” Article and performance transcript. In McCarthy et al. Jack in Two Worlds: Jack Tales in Performance. Publications of the American Folklore Society and University of North Carolina Press.
1992 Davis, Donald. Jack Always Seeks His Fortune. Introduction. Little Rock: August House.

AUDIO RECORDINGS:
2012-13 Citternity: Celtic Cittern and Beyond. CD featuring traditional and original songs and instrumentals, with guest musicians including Martin Hayes, John Williams, Howard Levy, Laurence Nugent, Trae McMaken, and others.. Kiltartan Road Records. Recorded, mixed, mastered, Release date, Nov. 1, 2012/Mar. 1, 2013.
2004 In the Deep Heart’s Core: Songs from the Poetry of W. B. Yeats, Vol. 2: Cast a Cold Eye. Compact Disc. Original song settings of Yeats poetry, for voices, guitar, piano, violin, bass, and misc. instruments. Chicago: Kiltartan Road Music.
2004 In the Deep Heart’s Core: Songs from the Poetry of W. B. Yeats, Vol. 1: I Am of Ireland. Compact Disc. 3rd Ed. Original song settings of Yeats poetry for voices, guitar, piano, violin, bass, and misc. instruments. Chicago: Kiltartan Road Music.
1999 Citternalia: Celtic Music for Cittern. Compact Disc. Chicago: Kiltartan Road.
1999 Joy in the Morning. Compact Disc. 2nd Ed. Includes original song settings of poems by Bly/Machado, Grahame, MacDonald, for voices, guitar, piano, violin, bass, and misc. instruments. Chicago: Kiltartan Road Music.
1994 Cleveland County Days. Cassette, 2nd Ed. Songs and stories from a Visiting Artist residency. 2nd ed.

Memberships

1982- National Storytelling Network (formerly National Storytelling Association, National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling)
1983- American Folklore Society
2001- Organizer and first elected chair of Storytelling in Higher Education Special Interest Group (SHE SIG) of the National Storytelling Network
2006- National Communications Association

Research

Research Interests:
Storytelling Performance
Storytelling and Health
Storytelling in Education
Storytelling and Language/Cognition
Psychology of Storytelling

Areas of Expertise

Storytelling, Folklore, traditional Irish and American old-time music

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