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Eric Lawrence Montenyohl

folklorist , English language educator

Eric Lawrence Montenyohl, American English language educator, folklorist. Grantee L.J. and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, 1986, 87, National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Seminar, 1989, Louisiana Educational Quality Support Fund, 1991.


Montenyohl, Eric Lawrence was born on March 16, 1951 in Wilmington, Delaware, United States. Son of Victor Irl Junior and Joan Abercrombie (Hill) Montenyohl.


Bachelor in English, University North Carolina, 1971. Master of Science in English/Folklore, University North Carolina, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy in Folklore/English, Indiana University, 1986.


Instructor English department Aiken Technology Education Center, 1975-1976, instructor to department head remedial English, 1976-1979. Instructor English department University South Carolina, Aiken, 1977-1980, Augusta College, 1979-1980. Associate instructor folklore department Indiana University, Bloomington, 1981-1983, instructor, 1983, associate instructor mathematics department, 1983-1984.

Adjunct assistant professor English department University Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, 1986-1987, assistant professor, 1987-1994, member graduate faculty, 1987-1994. Member executive committee Louisiana Folklife Festival Board, Baton Rouge, 1989-1993. Archivist folklore archives Indiana University, 1980-1981.

Assistant archivist Archives of Acadian and Creole Folklore, University Southwestern Louisiana, 1991-1994. Co-curator Celebrating the Seasons, Lafayette Natural History Museum, 1990. Grant evaluator, consultant State of Louisiana Division Arts, Folklife, Arts in Education, Louisiana Folklore Society.

Adjunct assistant professor University North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1997.


  • Staff Folklore Forum, 1981-1984, assistant editor, 1982-1983, book review editor, 1983-1984. Book review editor Victorian Studies, 1984-1985. Contributor Modern Language Association International Bibliography, 1987-1988.

    Associate editor Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, 1990-1993. Book review editor Southern Folklore, 1991-1995. Reader Folklore Forum, Victorian Studies, Journal Folklore Research, Public-Modern Language Association.

    Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Modern Language Association, South Central Modern Language Association, American Folklore Society (section chair 1993, Richard Reuss prize on history of folkloristics), Louisiana Folklore Society (executive committee 1987-1993, president 1989-1990), International Society Contemporary Legend Research, American Studies Association, Louisiana Folklife Society, California Folklore Society, Hoosier Folklore Society, North Carolina Folklore Society (Second vice president 1997-1998), Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Margaret Elizabeth McGrath, January 3, 1981. Children: Elizabeth Laurence, Andrew Christopher.

Victor Irl Montenyohl Junior

Joan Abercrombie (Hill) Montenyohl

Margaret Elizabeth McGrath

Elizabeth Laurence Montenyohl

Andrew Christopher Montenyohl