John Miles Foley, Founding Editor

John Miles Foley

The late John Miles Foley was a specialist in the study of the world’s oral traditions. He wrote with particular emphasis on ancient Greek, medieval English, and South Slavic. In 1986 he founded the journal Oral Tradition, and as architect-navigator of the Pathways Project, his last book Oral Tradition and the Internet: Pathways of the Mind was published in 2012 (University of Illinois Press). The body of his work is widely recognized as one of the most influential contributions to the study of the world’s oral traditions. Further information is available at his portal (

Articles by John Miles Foley

Man, Muse, and Story: Psychohistorical Patterns in Oral Epic Poetry

Volume 2, Issue 1 (January, 1987)

Annotated Bibliography

Volume 1, Issue 3 (December, 1986)

From Oral Performance to Paper-Text to Cyber-Edition

Volume 20, Issue 2 (October, 2005)


Volume 22, Issue 2 (October, 2007)

Basque Oral Poetry Championship

Volume 22, Issue 2 (October, 2007)

A Bibliography of Publications by Albert Bates Lord

Volume 25, Issue 2 (October, 2010)

Challenges in Comparative Oral Epic

Volume 27, Issue 2 (October, 2012)

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