Colonialism, Folklore, and Postcolonial Theory
This chapter discusses folklore studies and how the history of folklore research, critical studies on folklore collectors and their ideologies, and the socio-political implications of folklore studies have all been seen within national boundaries. The history of folklore as a subject and object of research is traced back to the early nineteenth-century romantic-nationalist movement in Germany. The global history of folklore research, on the other hand, is Eurocentric in its approach, to the extent that it is based on nineteenth-century European folklore collectors within Europe, although it is well known that in the same century a large number of Europeans collected folklore of countries on other continents. Much of this work outside the European continent was accomplished in the context of colonial relations and done by non-folklorists.
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