Laurel Kendall's Publications
Books and edited books
2011. Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity (ed.). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
2009. Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
2008. Guest Editor. Special Issue on Popular Religion in Vietnam. Journal of Asian Folklore (Nagoya, Japan). Winter 2008.
2004. With Alexia Bloch. The Museum at the End of the World: Travels in the Post-Soviet Russian Far East. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
2003. Co-edited with Igor Krupnik. Constructing Cultures Then and Now: Celebrating of Franz Boas and the Jesup North Pacific Expedition. Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology 4. Washington DC: Arctic Studies Center.
2003. Co-edited with Dr. Nguyen Van Huy. Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit. Berkeley: University of California Press.
2001. Under Construction: The Gendering of Modernity, Class and Consumption in the Republic of Korea (ed.). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
1997. With Barbara Mathé and Thomas Ross Miller. Drawing Shadows to Stone: The Photography of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, 1897-1902. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
1996. Getting Married in Korea: of Gender, Morality, and Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press.
1994. Co-edited with Charles F. Keyes and Helen Hardacre. Asian Visions of Authority: Religion and the Modern States of East and Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
1988. The Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman: of Tales and the Telling of Tales. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii.
1987. Co-edited with Griffin Dix. Religion and Ritual in Korean Society. Berkeley: University of California, East Asian Institute.
1985. Shamans, Housewives, and other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
1983. Co-edited with Mark Peterson. Korean Women: View from the Inner Room. New Haven: East Rock Press.
Articles in refereed journals
2013. With Vu Thi Thanh Tam, Nguyen Van Huy, and Nguyen Thi Hien. Is it a Sin to Sell a Statue? Caholic Statues and the traffic in antiquities in Vietnam. Museum Anthroplogy, 36(1): 66-82.
2010. "On the Problem of Material Religion and Its Prospects for the Study of Korean Religion." Journal of Korean Religion 1(1): 88-110.
2010. "Old Gods, New Times: A Shaman Ritual in South Korea." Education About Asia, 15(1): 43-48.
2010. With Vu Thi Thanh Tam, Nguyen Thi Thu Huong. "Beautiful and Efficacious Statues: Magic and Art in Vietnamese Popular Religion." Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief, 6(1):6 60-85.
2008 "Editor's Introduction: Popular Religion and the Sacred Life of Material Goods in Contemporary Vietnam." Journal of Asian Folklore, Special Issue on Popular Religion in Vietnam, L. Kendall guest ed. Vol. 67/2.
2008. With Vu Thi Thanh Tam and Nguyen Thi Thu Huong. "Three Goddesses in and out of their Shrine." Journal of Asian Folklore, Special Issue on Popular Religion in Vietnam, L. Kendall guest ed. Vol. 67/2: 219-236.
2008. "Of Hungry Ghosts and Other Matters of Consumption." American Ethnologist 35(1): 154-170.
2006. "Something Old: Remembering Korean Wedding Hall Photographs from the 1980s." Visual Anthropology 19(1): 1-19.
2003. With Alexia Bloch. "The Work of Culture in Uncertain Times: Conversations in the Russian Far East." Museum Anthropology 26(1): 61-77.
1998. "Consuming Spirits (Sobihanǔn Yǔnghondǔl)." Han'gungmunhuyainryuhak (Korean Cultural Anthropology) 31(2): 271-291.
1996-1997. "Mais N'est-ce pas 'Sexual'? Le lapsus derriére le regard ethnographique." Anthropologie et Sociétés 22(2): 145-167.
1996. "Korean Shamans and the Spirits of Capitalism." American Anthropologist 98(3): 512-527.
1991-1992. "Of Gods and Men: Performance, Possession, and Flirtation in Korean Shaman Ritual." Cahiers d'Extreme-Asie 6:45-63.
1989. "A Noisy and Bothersome New Custom: Delivering a Gift Box to a Korean Bride." Journal of Ritual Studies 3(2):185 202.
1988. "Healing Thyself: a Korean Shaman's Afflictions." Social Science and Medicine 27(5): 445 450.
1987. "Cold Wombs in Balmy Honolulu: A Korean Illness Category in Translation." Social Science and Medicine 25(4): 367 376.
1985. "Ritual Silks and Kowtow Money: the Bride as Daughter in Law in Korean Wedding Rituals." Ethnology 24(4): 253 267.
1984. "Wives, Lesser Wives, and Ghosts: Supernatural Conflict in a Korean Village." Asian Folklore Studies 43(3): 214 225.
1981. "Wood Imps, Ghosts, and Other Noxious Influences: The Ideology of Affliction in a Korean Village." The Journal of Korean Studies 3: 113 145.
Chapters in books
2013 Exorcism Death in Virginia: On the Misrepresentation of Korean Shamans. In Shamanism and Violence: Power, Repression and Suffering in Indigenous Religious Conflicts, D. Riboli and D. Torri, eds. Series on the Vitality of Indigenous Religions. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press. Pp. 89-101.
2012 With Vũ Thị Thanh Tâm, Nguyễn Thị Thu Hương, and Nguyễn Văn Huy. Icon, Iconoclasm, Art Commodity: Are Objects still Agents in Vietnam? In The Spirit of Things: Materiality and Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia, J. Bautista, ed. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Pp. 11-26.
2012 Gods, Gifts, Markets, and Superstition: Spirited Consumption from Korea to Vietnam. In Engaging the Spirit World in Modern Southeast Asia. Eds. A Lauser and K. Endres. Oxford: Berghan Books. Pp. 103-120.
2010 With Hien T. Nguyen. Dressing up the Spirits: Costumes, Cross-dressing, and Incarnation. In Women and Indigenous Religions, ED. Sylvia Marcos. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. Pp. 93-114.Pp. 93-114.
2011. The Changsǔng Defined: The Curious Journey of a Korean Cultural Symbol. In Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity, ed. L. Kendall. Honolulu: U. of Hawaii Press. Pp. 129-148.
2009. The Global Reach of Gods and the Travels of Korean Shamans. In Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and Globalization, ed. T. J. Csordas. Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 305-325.
2008. Auspicious Places in a Mobile Landscape: of Shamans, Shrines, and Dreams. In Sitings: Critical Approaches to Korean Geography, eds. T. Tangherlini and S. Yea. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. Pp. 101-120.
2007. Shamanic Nostalgia. In Korea in the Middle: Korean Studies and Area Studies, ed. R. E. Breuker. Leiden, Netherlands: CNWS Publications. Pp. 144-174.
2006. Do the Four Palaces inhabit an East Asian Landscape? In Possessed by the Spirits: Mediumship in Contemporary Vietnamese Communities, eds. K. Fjelstad and Nguyen H.T. Ithaca: Southeast Asia Program Publications, Cornell University.
2006. When the Shaman becomes a Cultural Icon, What Happens to Efficacy? Some Observations from Korea. In Ritual and Identity: Performative Practices as Effective Transformations of Social Reality, eds. K. P. Koepping, B. Leistle, and M. Rudolph. Hamburg: LIT Press. Pp. 195-218.
2005. Shamans, Bodies, and Sex: Misreading a Korean Ritual. In Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective, eds. C. B. Brettell and C.F. Sargent. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.
2005. Birthmothers and Imaginary Lives. In Cultures of Transnational Adoption, ed. T. Volkman. Durham: Duke University Press.
2004. Korean shamans and the definition of "religion": a view from the grass roots. In Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity, ed. J. K. Olupona. New York: Routledge. Pp. 246-255.
2004. When is a Kut like a Len Dong: some notes toward a Korean/Vietnamese Comparison (Khí nào Kut giống lên dống Vài diểm so sánh giữa Hàn Quốc và Việt Nam). In Đo Mẫu à các Hình Thức Shaman trong các Tộc NguởI ở Việt Nam và Châu Á (Mother Goddesses and Some Shamanistic form of Ethnic Groups in Vietnam and Asia), ed. Ngo Duc Thinh. Hanoi: Social Sciences Publishing House.
2003. With Igor Krupnik. A Centenary and a Celebration. In Constructing Cultures Then and Now: Celebrating of Franz Boas and the Jesup North Pacific Expedition. Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology, 4. Washington DC: Arctic Studies Center.
2003. With Nguyen Van Huy. Introduction. In Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit. Berkeley: University of California Press.
2003. Gods, Markets, and the IMF in the Korean Spirit World. In Transparency and Conspiracy, eds. T. Saunders and H. West. Durham: Duke University Press.
2002. The Battered Wife's Tale. In Mementos, Artifacts and Hallucinations: from the Ethnographer's Tent, eds. R. Emoff and D. Henderson. London: Routledge.
2001. Introduction. In Under Construction: The Gendering of Modernity, Class and Consumption in the Republic of Korea (ed.). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
2001. Encounters with Korean Ancestors: Rituals, Dreams, and Stories. In Ancestors in Post-Contact Religion: Roots, Ruptures, and Modernity's Memory, ed. S. Friesen. Cambridge: Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University.
2001. The Cultural Politics of "Superstition" in the Korean Shaman world: Modernity Constructs its Other. In Healing Powers and Modernity: traditional Medicine, Shamanism, and Science in Asian Societies, eds. L. Connor and G. Samuel. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey.
2000. But isn't it Sexual? The Freudian slip beneath the Ethnographic Gaze. In Gender/ Bodies/Religions, ed. S. Marcos, ed. Cuernavaca, Mexico: Adler Publications. (Revised version of "Mais N'est- ce pas Sexual'?").
1999. Women and Things: Ceremonious Goods and the Definition of Femininity in the Republic Of Korea. In L'Énigme Conjugale: Femmes et Marriage en Asia, ed. Josianne Cauquelin. Clermont-Ferrand: Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal.
1999. Peoples under Glass: A Tale of Two Museums. In The Consumption of Nationalism in Asia, ed. K.Yoshino. London: Curzon Press.
1999. East Asian Religions: Religious Rites and Practices. In Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, ed. S. Young. New York: Macmillan Reference.
1999. Shamans. In Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, ed. S. Young. New York: Macmillan Reference.
1999. Superstition. In Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, ed. S. Young. New York: Macmillan Reference.
1998. Who Speaks for Korean Shamans when Shamans speak of the Nation? In Configuring Minority and Making Majorities: Composing the Nation in Japan, China, Korea, Fiji, Malaysia, Turkey, and the United States, ed. D. Gladney. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
1998. The Shaman's Journey. In Korean Shamanism: Revivals, Survivals, and Change, ed. K. Howard. Seoul: Royal Asiatic Society.
1998. Korea. In The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion. Washington: Congressional Quarterly.
1996. Initiating Performance: The Story of Chini, a Korean Shaman. In The Performance of Healing, eds. C. Laderman and M. Roseman. New York: Routledge.
1994. With Charles F. Keyes and Helen Hardacre. Introduction: Contested Visions of Community in East and Southeast Asia. In Asian Visions of Authority: Religion and the Modern States of East and Southeast Asia, eds. L. Kendall, C. Keyes and H. Hardacre. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
1994. A Rite of Modernization and its Post-Modern Discontents: of Weddings, Bureaucrats, and Morality in the Republic of Korea. In Asian Visions of Authority: Religion and the Modern States of East and Southeast Asia, eds. L. Kendall, C. Keyes and H. Hardacre. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
1993. Chini's Ambiguous Initiation. In Shamans and Cultures, eds. M. Hoppal and K. Howard. Budhapest: Akademiai Kiado.
1992. The Mansin and her Clients. In Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective, eds. C. Brettell, C. Sargent and C. Sargent. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
1992. Changing Gender Relations: The Korean Case. In Guide to Asian Case Studies in the Social Sciences, ed. M. Cohen. New York: East Asian Institute, Columbia University Press.
1991. Berthold Laufer. In International Dictionary of Anthropologists, ed. C. Winters. New York: Library Anthropology Resource Group, Garland Press.
1990. The Marriage of Yongsu's Mother. In Anthropology: Contemporary Perspectives, eds. P. Whitten and D. Hunter. Glenview: Scott Foresman. (Orig. pub. 1988).
1990. Visions and Tribulations: The Shaman's Life as a Charter of Legitimacy. In Traditional Cultures of the Pacific Societies: Continuity and Change, eds. Sang-Bok Han and Kwang-Ok Kim. Seoul: Seoul National University Press.
1989. Old Ghosts and Ungrateful Children: a Korean Shaman's Story. In Women as Healers: Cross Cultural Perspectives, ed. C. McClain. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
1988. Young Laufer on the Amur. In Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska, eds. B. Fitzhugh and A. Crowell. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.
1987. Supernatural Investments: Women and Shamans in Contemporary Korea. In Wild Asters: Explorations in Korean Thought, Culture and Society, ed. R. Morse. Lanham, MD: Asia Program/Woodrow Wilson International Center, University Press of America.
1987. Let the Gods Eat Rice Cake: Women's Rites in a Korean Village. In Religion and Ritual in Korean Society, eds. L. Kendall and G. Dix. Berkeley: University of California, East Asian Institute.
1986. Korean Shamanism; Women's Rites and a Chinese Comparison. In Religion and the Family in East Asia, eds. G. DeVos and T. Sofue. Berkeley: University of California Press. (Revised and reprinted from Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium of the Taniguchi Foundation: Religion and the Family in East Asia, eds. T. Sofue and G. Devos. Senri Ethnological Studies 11. Osaka: The National Museum of Ethnology, 1984).
1984. Dreaming up Solutions: The Interpretation of Dreams in Korean Shamanism. In Yi Tu hyon Paksa Hwan'gap Kinyom Nonmunjip (Papers in honor of Prof. Yi Tu hyon's Hwan'gap). Seoul: Haksosa.
1983. Caught Between Ancestors and Spirits: A Korean Mansin's Healing Kut. In Korean Folklore, ed. The Korean National Commission for UNESCO. Arch Cape, OR: Pace International Research, Inc. (Orig. pub. 1977).
1983. Mugam: the Dance in Shaman's Clothing. In Korean Folklore, ed. the Korean National Commission for UNESCO.Arch Cape, OR: Pace International Research, Inc. (Orig. pub. 1977).
1983. With Mark Peterson. Traditional Korean Women: A Reconsideration. In Korean Women: View from the Inner Room, eds. L. Kendall and M. Peterson. New Haven, CT: East Rock Press.
1983. Korean Ancestors: From the Woman's Side. In Korean Women: View from the Inner Room, eds. L. Kendall and M. Peterson. New Haven, CT: East Rock Press.
1983. A Kut for the Chon Family. In Traditional Thoughts and Practices in Korea, eds. E. Yu and E. Phillips. Los Angeles: Center for Korean American and Korean Studies, California State University.
1983. Giving Rise to Dancing Spirits: Mugam in Korean Shaman Ritual. In Dance as Cultural Heritage: Selected Papers from the 1978 Hawaii Conference, v. 1, ed. B.T. Jones. CORD Dance Research Annual XIV.
Articles in non-refereed journals, exhibition catalogues, popular press
2012 Siberia in Asia in New York: the American Museum of Natural History and its collections. The Siberian Collection in American Museum of Natural History: Circumpolar Civilization in the World Museums Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Z. Ivanova-Unarova, ed. Yakutsk: Sakha Republic (Yakutia) for UNESCO. Pp. 4-15 (bilingual publication in English and Russian).
2011 “The Contraction and Expansion of Shamanic Landscapes in Contemporary South Korea.” Crosscurrents 61(3): 328-344.
2009. “A Shaman for New Times.” Natural History 118 (7): 48.
2007. "Eye of the Dragon." Natural History 6(7): 48.
2004. Keynote address, ASIANetwork Conference. ASIANetwork Exchange 12(1): 7-11.
2004. "Korean Shamans and the Spirits of Capitalism." In Sacred Realms: Essays in Religion, Belief, and Society, eds. R. Warms, J. Garber and J. McGee. New York: Oxford University Press. (Orig. pub. 1996).
2003. A Tale of Two Museums. Anthropology Newsletter.
2002. "An Old Shaman in a Tile-Roofed House." Shaman 10.1-2: 113-124.
1998. Korean Shamanism. In Spiritual Practices: Rituals, Icons, and Faiths. Los Angeles: Korean American Museum.
1999. From Snowshoe to "Corn Mortars": Early Ainu Collections at the American Museum of Natural History. In Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People, eds. W. W. Fitzhugh and C. O. Dubreuil. Washington, D.C.: Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in association with University of Washington Press.
1998. "Courtship in Korea." Letter, New York Times, 5 February.
1998. Chinjŏnghan 'sinddal' aniŏtchiman: naŭi musok yŏn'gu pangpŏbgwa kwajŏng (Not quite a 'spirit daughter': My method and process of researching shamans). In Hang'ugŭi musogmunhwa (The Culture of Korean Shamanism), Anthologies of Korean culture series, volume 2. Seoul: Tosŏ ch'ulp'an. (Translated as "Not Really as Spirit Daughter But…" in the 1999 English-language version of this book, Culture of Korean Shamanism).
1997. "Up Front: Shamans - The Next Generation." Natural History 106(2):2.
1997. "The Shaman's Apprentice." Natural History 106 (2):40-41.
1996. "Excerpt: Finding a Husband for Sukcha." Natural History 105(7): 8-9.
1995. "Stressed-out Koreans Use Shamans Too." Letter, New York Times, 14 December.
1992. "What the Seoul Olympics did for Korean Studies in the U.S.A." Ingangwa Kyŏnghŏm, tong, sŏ, nam, puk (Human and Experience [sic.], East, West, South North), December: 331-336.
1991. "The Matchmaker was a Computer." Faces: The Magazine about People 7(6): 10-13.
1989. "Bunraku: Doll Theater of Japan." Faces: the Magazine about People February: 28-30.
1988. "Women in Korea." Media Briefing, Asia Society.
1988. "The Marriage of Yongsu's Mother." Natural History 97(7): 6-10.
1988. "The Devil Fish and the Tiger." Natural History 97(5): 72-75.
1988. "Korea, 1912: Photographs from the Roy Chapman Andrews Expedition." Korean Culture 9(1): 17-27.
1987. "Silk: the Caterpillar Thread." Faces: the Magazine about People December: 24-28.
1987. "Korea: All Kinds of Wedding Gifts." Faces: The Magazine about People June: 30-34.
1986. "Grandmother Kim's Sixtieth Birthday Party." Faces: The Magazine about People April: 26-29. Reprinted in Focus on Asian Studies.
1985. "Death and Taxes: A Korean Approach to Hell." Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 60: 1-13.
1985. "The Korean Gentleman and His Hat." Faces: The Magazine about People June: 20-23. Nominated for Pushcart Prize, 1986.
1985. "Hungry Ghosts in Japan." Faces: The Magazine about People October: 15-17.
1984. "Shaman Paintings, Shaman's Visions." Korean Culture 5(3): 28-36.
1981. "Korean Shamanism: Gods About the House." In Korea, Insight Guide Series, ed. L. Lueras. Singapore: APA Productions.
1980. "Suspect Saviors of Korean Hearths and Homes." Asia Magazine 6: 94-97.
1979. "A Kingdom of Dance and Song." Notes on the Arts, Smithsonian Performing Arts, November/December: 14 15.
1978. "The Future in Coins and Grains of Rice." Indonesian Observer, January 19: 4-5.
1977. "Mountain Rites." Arirang 2(2): 39-42. Subsequently translated into Korean and published in East-West January: 23-25.
1977. Introduction. In Fifteen Years among the Top Knots: or Life in Korea, Lilias Horton. Seoul: Kyong-in. (Orig. pub. 1904).
1977. "Caught Between Ancestors and Spirits: A Korean Mansin's Healing Kut." Korea Journal 17(8): 8-23.
1977. "Mugam: the Dance in Shaman's Clothing." Korea Journal 17(12): 38-44.
1977. "Receiving the Samsin Grandmother: Conception Rituals in Korea." Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 52: 55-70.
1972. "The Well Traveled Spirit of the Taxi Ghost." Korea Journal 12(8): 46-48.
1991 With Diana Lee. An Initiation Kut for a Korean Shaman. Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California. Distr. University of Hawaii Press.
1988. Trans. Pak Young Kyu. Review of Korean Furniture by Edward R. Wright. Korean Studies 12.