Kentuckians have long entertained
each other by stretching the truth to impossibility. Using selections from her oral repertoire and her book,
Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies,
Hamilton examines the traditional and contemporary uses
of tall tale telling.
Explore the heart of the art of storytelling. Using examples from
her oral and written repertoire,
Hamilton shines light on what storytelling is and how it functions
both as a performing art
and as an essential element
of everyday life.
Dread, deception, death, and dismemberment — such are the ingredients of tales that have fed Kentucky nightmares for generations.
In this talk, Hamilton shares sample stories and reveals who told them, who collected them, and how she came to add them to her repertoire and publish them in her book, Kentucky Folktales.