Michael Dylan Foster
Associate Professor of Folklore
Phone: (812) 855-0395
E-mail: fosterm indiana.edu
- Ph.D. Stanford University, 2003
- Japanese folklore, literature, and film; monster and supernatural studies; legend; folklore and popular culture; ritual and festival; tourism; Asian folklore
Courses Recently Taught
- Readings in Ethnography
- Monsters and the Monstrous
- Heritage Tourism in East Asia
- Literary and Historical Approaches
- Introduction to Folklore
- Folkloristics in Japan
- Reading & Writing Culture in East Asia
- Tourism: Authenticity and Nostalgia
Awards and Distinctions
- Fulbright Fellowship (2010-11)
- Trustees Teaching Award - Tenure/Tenure-Track (2010-11)
- Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (2010-11)
- Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Short-term Travel to Japan for Professional Purposes (2009)
- Chicago Folklore Prize; for best book-length work of folklore scholarship (sponsored by the American Folklore Society and the University of Chicago) (2009)
- Indiana University College Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI) Travel Research Grant; Project: Festival, Fear, and Tourism: Producing and Consuming Heritage in Japan (2009)
- Stanford University Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Studies (2006-08)
- Stanford Humanities Center, Geballe Dissertation Fellowship (2001-02)
- Fulbright Fellowship (Graduate Research Fellow) (1999-2001)
- Blakemore Foundation Fellowship (1995-96)
- UNESCO on the Ground: Local Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage. Co-Edited with Lisa Gilman. Indiana University Press [forthcoming 2015]. Find it here.
- The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World. Co-Edited with Jeffrey A. Tolbert. Utah State University Press [forthcoming 2015]. Find it here.
- The Book of Yôkai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore. Oakland: University of California Press, 2015. Find it here.
- "UNESCO on the Ground." Journal of Folklore Research 52, no 2-3 (May-Dec). 2015: 143-156.
- "Imagined UNESCOs: Interpreting Intangible Cultural Heritage on a Japanese Island." Journal of Folklore Research 52, no 2-3 (May-Dec). 2015: 217-232.
- "Licking the Ceiling: Semantic Staining and Monstrous Diversity." Semiotic Review (posted 10 June 2015). Find it here.
- "Yôkai o honyaku suru" [Translating yôkai]. HUMAN vol. 6 (July 2014): 84-86.
- "Inviting the Uninvited Guest: Ritual, Festival, Tourism, and the Namahage of Japan." Journal of American Folklore 126, no. 501 (Summer 2013): 302-334.
- "Shikakuteki sôzô: 'Koshikijima no Toshidon' ni okeru miru/mirareru kankei no ichi kôsatsu [The Optic Imaginary: Thoughts on the Relationship of Seeing and Being Seen in 'Koshikijima no Toshidon']." Nihon minzokugaku 273 (February 2013): 55-95.
- "21 Seiki kara miru Yanagita Kunio to yôkai." In Sekai no naka no Yanagita Kunio. Ed. Ronald A. Morse and Akasaka Norio, pp. 85-116. Tokyo: Fujiwara shoten, 2012.
- "Haunting Modernity: Tanuki, Trains, and Transformation in Japan." Asian Ethnology 71, no. 1 (2012): 3-29.
- "Photoshop Folklore and the 'Tourist Guy': Thoughts on the Diamond Format and the Possibilities of Mixed-Media Presentations." New Directions in Folklore 10, no. 1 (2012): 85-91. Online screencast.
- "Early Modern Past to Post-Modern Future: Changing Discourses of Japanese Monsters." Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous. Ed. Asa Mittman and Peter Dendle, pp. 133-150. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2012.
- "The UNESCO Effect: Confidence, Defamiliarization, and a New Element in the Discourse on a Japanese Island." Journal of Folklore Research. 48, no. 1 (2011):63-107.
- Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yôkai. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.
- “Haunted Travelogue: Hometowns, Ghost Towns, and Memories of War.” Mechademia 4: War/Time, (2009): 164-181.
- “What time is this picture? Cameraphones, tourism, and the digital gaze in Japan.”
Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. 15(3), (2009): 351-372.
- “The Otherworlds of Mizuki Shigeru.” Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human, (2008): 8-28.
- “The Question of the Slit-Mouthed Woman: Contemporary Legend, the Beauty Industry, and Women’s Weekly Magazines in Japan.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 32(3) (2007): 699-726.
- “Strange Games and Enchanted Science: The Mystery of Kokkuri.” The Journal of Asian Studies 65(2) (2006): 251-275.