Ghosts in the cyber world. An analysis of folklore sites on the Internet

Larisa Fialkova, Maria N. Yelenevskaya

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For many of its users, the Internet breaks communication barriers and encourages informal exchange of knowledge and experience as well as search for others sharing similar concerns, interests and hobbies. This paper is devoted to the specifics of ghost stories as a sub-genre of contemporary legends. It analyzes the structure and mode of activities of the Internet discussion group alt.folklore.ghost-stories. We study computer-mediated folklore storytelling and discussion as a type of communication and examine the textual characteristics of electronic folklore as compared with its traditional counterpart.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-89
Number of pages26
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2001

Bibliographical note

Vaimud kübermaailmas Interneti: folkloorisaitide analüüs: Reprinted and translated to Estonian by Mare Koiva:

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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