Hi all! I’m Jeana (pronounced like Jean-a or Gina for the curious), and I’m thrilled to be part of the MSP blogging team.
I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Folklore and Gender Studies at Indiana University, and I’m currently working on my dissertation on gender and the body in European fairy tales (don’t worry, you’ll hear a lot about it as I write the thing!). I got my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (with an emphasis on narrative folklore) at UC Berkeley. My research interests include feminist approaches to fairy tales, other folk narrativeâ€”such as personal narratives, urban legends, and jokesâ€”women’s expressive culture, dance subcultures, body art, feminist speculative fiction, vernacular concepts about sex and sexuality, the historical dimensions of gender and sexuality, and alternative sexualities such as non-monogamy and kink.
In addition to my academic life, I am a professional belly dancer, meaning I constantly negotiate popular preconceptions about the erotic elements of this art form. I also run, rock climb, hula hoop, and practice other forms of dance, from African to modern, so I’m very interested in how gender and embodiment shape people’s experiences of health and fitness in different times and cultures. And I love to travel; I’ve been all over the States and Europe.
I’m a sex-positive feminist, a native Californian, an enthusiastic baker, a food and wine snob, an avid writer, a neurotic list-maker, and a bookworm/nerd who’s curious enough about everything to get out in the world and explore.
Many of my posts here will be about aspects of folklore related to gender and sexuality, such as the sexy or dark aspects of fairy tales, but I’d love to hear suggestions about what you, the readers, want to learn from a folklorist (or a belly dancer, or a feminist, and so on).
My personal website will soon be up and running at http://jeanajorgensen.com/
My dance troupe’s website can be found at http://ddbd.org