The issue of fake news as it has risen to the fore in public and political discourse provides folklorists with an opportunity to not only weigh into the discussion with significant expertise, but also to reconsider our approach to the study of legend. In this paper, I propose a reorientation from a truth-centered approach to the study of legend to a doubt-centered one. Such an approach has the dual benefit of reorienting legend scholarship in new and productive ways while being particularly well-suited to the study of fake news.

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