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Shelley Ingram, Willow G. Mullins, and Todd Richardson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496822956

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496822956.001.0001

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The Folklore of Small Things

The Folklore of Small Things

(p.118) The Folklore of Small Things
Implied Nowhere

Willow G. Mullins

University Press of Mississippi

Folklore has often perceived itself as a study of the marginalized, the non-elite, the vernacular, but folklorists have often sought out examples of excellence within the each genre. While folklorists have tried to show the extraordinariness of the commonplace by highlighting the moment of folkloric immanence, vignettes, as John Dorst describes them, have tended towards the opposite, the shockingly mundane, the small things. One might wonder what has been missed in the search for the moments of performative excellence that have traditionally been the focus of folklore research. What of the folklore of small things, the folklore that appears in unrecorded moments, just before or after the recorder is on or in spaces where we did not think to record in the first place because we were off the folklorist clock?

Keywords:   Ethnography, Vernacular, Daily life, Women's folklore, Work

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