FOLK 320 601 Folklore and Nationalism
Seminar: Wednesday 5:30-8:40
In this course students will be introduced to the parallel development
of folklore as a discipline and the creation of national identity.
Folklorists have learned that nationalist intellectuals and politicians
have universally based their claims for national identity on the
existence of an authentic folk culture. Students will be introduced
to folklore as a discipline and to landmark texts in the study
of nationalism. Primary and secondary material by and about 19th
century intellectuals such as the brothers Grimm will enable students
to explore the context of romantic nationalism as it developed
in Western Europe. We will trace the process by which folklore
moved from being an intellectual preoccupation to a political
one, and explore the implications of administrative folklore.
Finally, we will explore the way in which folklore and culture
continue to be significant in contemporary life through political
rhetoric, symbols, monuments and tourism.
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