Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


American Studies


Grey Gundaker

Committee Members

Timothy L. Barnard

Kara Thompson


Legends are all around us. Our conceptions of who we are and the places we inhabit are shaped and defined by the stories we hear and the ways in which we interact with our physical world. Legend-tripping is a misunderstood yet widely practiced activity in which people visit sites that have a (typically scary) legend attached to them in search of a transformative experience or just to scare themselves and their friends. While legend-triping has come to be associated with teenage delinquency, it is an important way for adolescents to gain a sense of independence, learn about and come to terms with the contested (and sometimes negative) history of their home, and claim some ownership of their environment and regional identity.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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