Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
English and Theatre
Susan M. Kroeg
This project focuses its discussion within the discipline of folklore by identifying Wattpad.com as a contemporary medium of online folkloric content. Wattpad provides its users with a text-based—and sometimes multimodal—means of communication via its interface that mimics traditional communication as we know it—a means founded in orality, literacy, and the archive. Wattpad users are creating new folktales that are nuanced with elements from Wattpad’s archive, which characterizes contemporary online folklore in a way that has not been fully explored. This project serves to identify the past and present discourses that inform such a discussion while also explaining the intricacies of Wattpad’s interface and user interactions. By studying and exploring such spaces, folklorists may better understand how folklore will continue to evolve into the future.
Copyright 2022 Alisha Tess Helton
Helton, Alisha Tess, "Wattpad as an Online Medium for Contemporary Folklore" (2022). Online Theses and Dissertations. 728.