Three Years In

It's 2020 and I'm sure that the future will not look back kindly upon this year. I thought it might be a good time to update this blog with more information since I haven't written much since I started my doctorate at the University of Utah. I'm now three years into figuring out the direction … Continue reading Three Years In


Digging into Propp’s Functions

One of the things I am really interested in stories is recognizing patterns and 'motifs'. Vlad√≠mir Propp, a scholar in Russian Folktales, had this awesome theory where he broke down Russian folktales into Proppian functions. Moreover, he also assigned roles (dramatis personae) in the stories and analyzed them in his book, Morphology of a Folktale¬†[1]. … Continue reading Digging into Propp’s Functions