Foodways link the realistic and the magical in three versions of the traditional folktale “Peg Bearskin” (ATU 711 + ATU 328 + ATU 327B). We consider how this narrative, firmly rooted in domestic experience, with a female central character, speaks ethnographically about the lives of two Newfoundland tellers—Elizabeth Brewer and Pius Power—and their audiences. We argue that food not only marks moments of narrative significance but conveys subtexts that speak of important individual and community issues like family violence.
Tye, Diane and Greenhill, Pauline
"Foodways as Transformation in “Peg Bearskin”: The Magical and the Realistic in an Oral Tale,"
Narrative Culture: Vol. 7:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/narrative/vol7/iss1/6