University of Minnesota
Department of English

Department of English

Ellen J. Stekert

Professor Emerita

Central Interests

  • Horror/terror/science fiction genres
  • Aesthetics of oral literatures
  • Relationships between oral and written literatures
  • Folksong and ballad
  • Traditional belief systems and behavior patterns
  • Collecting folk tradition (field work)
  • Creativity within oral traditional literature
  • Biography
  • Traditions about wildlife
  • Disability Studies
  • Construction of nostalgia