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"And They Never Did Find Him": Dialogues of History, Geography, and Fear in Adolescent Legend-Tripping

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Author: Monohan, Stephanie M.
Advisor: Gundaker, Grey
Committee Members: Barnard, Timothy L. (Timothy Lawrence), 1967-; Thompson, Kara
Issued Date: 7/5/2012
Subjects: Folklore
Satanic Panic
Coming of Age
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/16679
Description: Legends are all around us. Our conceptions of who we are and the places we inhabit are shaped and defined by the stories we hear and the ways in which we interact with our physical world. Legend-tripping is a misunderstood yet widely practiced activity in which people visit sites that have a (typically scary) legend attached to them in search of a transformative experience or just to scare themselves and their friends. While legend-triping has come to be associated with teenage delinquency, it is an important way for adolescents to gain a sense of independence, learn about and come to terms with the contested (and sometimes negative) history of their home, and claim some ownership of their environment and regional identity.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in American Studies

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