Daniel Patterson | Filmmakers on Folkstreams

Daniel Patterson

DANIEL W. PATTERSON is a Kenan Professor Emeritus of English and former chair of the Curriculum in Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. He has taught courses in "British and American Folksong" and "Folklore in the South," is a founder of the Southern Folklife Collection in the UNC library, and has published ten books (including The Shaker Spiritual, Sounds of the South, Diversities of Gifts, and Arts in Earnest), three sound recordings, and articles on American folklore. He and his wife Beverly Patterson served as Film Review Editors for the Journal of American Folklore from 1991-1993, and he has collaborated with Tom Davenport on five folklife documentary films. In 1997-98 he was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and had a residency in 1999 at the Rockefeller Foundation‘s Bellagio Study and Conference Center. The University of North Carolina Press in 2000 published his book A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillon and Stories of Frankie Silver, which grew out of his collaboration with Tom Davenport on the video The Ballad of Frankie Silver. Patterson is at work on a book about early Presbyterian grave markers in the Carolinas and Pennsylvania.