Timothy R. Tangherlini


Royce Hall 332A. Tel.: (310) 825-7611. Fax: (310) 825-9754. tango at humnet dot ucla dot edu

Timothy R. Tangherlini teaches folklore, literature and cultural studies at the University of California, where he is a professor in Scandinavian Section, and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. He is also an affiliate of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Religious Studies Program, and a faculty member in the Center for Korean Studies and the Center for European and Eurasian Studies.

He has published widely on folklore, literature, film and critical geography. His main theoretical areas of interest are folk narrative, legend, popular culture, and critical geography. His main geographic areas of interest are the Nordic region (particularly Denmark and Iceland), the United States, and Korea.

He is the author of Interpreting Legend: Danish Storytellers and their Repertoires (1994), Talking Trauma. Paramedics and Their Stories (1998), and the co-editor of Nationalism and the Construction of Korean Identity (1999), and Sitings. Critical Approaches to Korean Geography (2008). He has also produced or co-produced two documentary films, Talking Trauma: Storytelling Among Paramedics (1994) and Our Nation. A Korean Punk Rock Community (2002).

His current work focuses on computation and the humanities.

His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, The Henry Luce Foundation, the American Scandinavian Foundation, and Google.

A recent podcast interview with Tangherlini on Computational Folkloristics

Selected Publications:


  • Sitings: Critical Approaches to Korean Geography. Co-edited with Sallie Yea. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2008.
  • Nationalism and the Construction of Korean Identity. Co-edited with Hyung-Il Pai. Korea Research Monograph 25. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 1999.
  • Talking Trauma. Paramedics and Their Stories. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1998.
  • Interpreting Legend. Danish Storytellers and Their Repertoires. Milman Parry Studies in Oral Tradition. New York: Garland Publishing, 1994.
  • Recent Articles

  • Timothy R. Tangherlini 2008. “Where was I?”: Personal Experience Narrative, Crystallization and Some Thoughts on Tradition Memory. Cultural Analysis 7. 24 pages
  • Timothy R. Tangherlini. 2008. “And the wagon came rolling in…”: Legends and the Politics of (Self-)Censorship in Nineteenth Century Denmark. The Journal of Folklore Research 45, 241-261.
  • Timothy R. Tangherlini. 2009. “The Beggar, the Minister, the Farmer, his Wife and the Teacher: Legend and Legislative Reform in Nineteenth Century Denmark.” In, Legends and Landscape. Edited by Terry Gunnell
  • Courses

  • Introduction to Scandinavian Literature
  • Backgrounds of Scandinavian Literature
  • 20th Century Scandinavian Literature 
  • Literature and Scandinavian Society 
  • Theory of the Scandinavian Novel 
  • Scandinavian Film
  • Danish Film
  • Scandinavian Folk Narrative
  • Scandinavian Folklore
  • Full CV