Edith Fowke


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(1913–96). Edith Fulton was born in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, and educated at the provincial university (B.A., 1933; M.A., 1937). She married Franklin Fowke in 1938. In the late 1940s she began recording immigrant and lumbering ballads in central Ontario, and this interest and activity broadened until she became one of Canada's leading folklorists, dedicated to revealing ‘the hidden submerged culture lying in the shadow of the official civilization about which historians write’. From 1950 to 1972 she hosted such cbc radio programs as ‘Folksong Time’ and ‘Folklore and Folk Music’. She joined the English Department of York University, Toronto, in 1971 to teach courses in folklore; became a full professor in 1977; and retired as Professor Emerita in 1984. Fowke received many honours, including honorary doctorates from four Canadian universities, and was a Companion of the Order of Canada.


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