A Companion to Folklore

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  • Copyright: 2013-06-03
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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A Companion to Folklore presents an original and comprehensive collection of essays from international experts in the field of folklore studies. Unprecedented in depth and scope, this state-of-the-art collection uniquely displays the vitality of folklore research across the globe. An unprecedented collection of original, state of the art essays on folklore authored by international experts Examines the practices and theoretical approaches developed to understand the phenomena of folklore Considers folklore in the context of multi-disciplinary topics that include poetics, performance, religious practice, myth, ritual and symbol, oral textuality, history, law, politics and power as well as the social base of folklore

Author Biography

Regina Bendix is Professor of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. She is the author of In Search of Authenticity, and has co-edited Prädikat Heritage (with Dorothee Hemme and Markus Tauschek), Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven (with Kilian Bizer and Stefan Groth), and Culture and Property (Special Issue of Ethnologia Europaea, co-edited with Valdimar Hafstein).

Galit Hasan-Rokem is Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore, and Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature, and Tales of the Neighborhood: Jewish Narrative Dialogues in Late Antiquity. She is a published poet in Hebrew and translation and has co-edited The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present: A Bilingual Anthology (with Shirley Kaufman and Tamar Hess).

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction 1
Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem

Part I Concepts and Phenomena 7

Introduction: Concepts and Phenomena 9
Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem

1 The Social Base of Folklore 13
Dorothy Noyes

2 Tradition Without End 40
Francisco Vaz da Silva

3 The Poetics of Folklore 55
Amy Shuman and Galit Hasan-Rokem

4 Three Aspects of Oral Textuality 75
Peter Seitel

5 Performance 94
Richard Bauman

6 Myth-Ritual-Symbol 119
Hagar Salamon and Harvey E. Goldberg

7 Religious Practice 136
Sabina Magliocco

8 Work and Professions 154
Gertraud Koch

9 Material Culture 169
Orvar Löfgren

Part II Location 185

Introduction: Location 187
Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem

10 Translingual Folklore and Folklorics in China 190
Lydia H. Liu

11 Japan 211
Akiko Mori

12 India 234
Sadhana Naithani

13 Oceania 248
Phillip H. McArthur

14 Folklore and Folklore Studies in Latin America 265
Fernando Fischman

15 Folklore Studies in the United States 286
Lee Haring and Regina F. Bendix

16 Dancing Around Folklore: Constructing a National Culture in Turkey 305
Arzu Öztürkmen

17 Folklore Studies In Israel 325
Dani Schrire and Galit Hasan-Rokem

18 Fulani (Peul, Fulfulde, Pulaar) Literature 349
Ursula Baumgardt

19 From Volkskunde to the “Field of Many Names”: Folklore Studies in German-Speaking Europe Since 1945 364
Regina F. Bendix

20 Finland 391
Lauri Harvilahti

21 Ireland 409
Diarmuid Ó Giolláin

22 Russia 426
Alexander Panchenko

Part III Reflection 443

Introduction: Reflection 445
Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem

23 Folklore and Literature 447
Cristina Bacchilega

24 Folklore and/in Music 464
Stephen D. Winick

25 Folklore and/on Film 483
Pauline Greenhill

26 Cultural Heritage 500
Valdimar T. Hafstein

27 Cultural Property 520
Martin Skrydstrup

28 Folklore: Legal and Constitutional Power 537
Alison Dundes Renteln

Part IV Practice 555

Introduction: Practice
Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem 557

29 Seeing, Hearing, Feeling, Writing: Approaches and Methods from the Perspective of Ethnological Analysis of the Present 559
Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber

30 Imagining Public Folklore 579
Debora Kodish

31 The Institutionalization of Folklore 598
Bjarne Rogan

Index 631

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