Elizabeth C. Fine

Virginia Tech
203 Draper Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(tel) 540-231-5547
(fax) 540-231-5761

Elizabeth C. Fine (Ph.D. in Communication, University of Texas at Austin, 1978) is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Religion and Culture and was one of the founders of the MA program. Her research interests include cultural studies, African American folklore, performance studies, and Appalachian Studies. She is the author ofSoulstepping: African American Step Shows (University of Illinois Press, 2003, 2007), Performance, Culture, and Identity, co-edited with Jean Haskell Speer (Praeger, 1992), and The Folklore Text: From Performance to Print (Indiana University Press, 1984, 1994). She is an Associate Editor for Text and Performance Quarterly. Her articles have been published in such journals as the Journal of American Folklore, Semiotica, Communication Monographs, Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association, National Women’s Studies Association Journal, Southern Folklore, Literature in Performance, Annals of Tourism Research, Sprache und Sprechen, and The Drama Review, as well as in numerous books. She has also produced three documentaries: The Patient Art:  Weaving the Tampa Tapestries  (with Robert Walker), 1990; Well-Known Stranger: Howard Finster’s Workout  (with Robert Walker), 1987; Up and Down These Roads:  A Rural County in Transition (with Jerry Scheeler), 1982.