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The Story-Time of the British EmpireColonial and Postcolonial Folkloristics$
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Sadhana Naithani

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734553

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734553.001.0001

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The Striving of Colonial Folklorists

(p.23) Chapter 3 Method
The Story-Time of the British Empire

Sadhana Naithani

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter shows that devising a method of collecting folklore was the most important step in the colonial context. In the process of collection, issues of race, power, and violence came into play. Every collector was faced with a unique situation, brought to the task distinctive skills, and had to work out his or her method in this particular context. In the act of collection, method became the preoccupation of every collector that it had to be stated at the end as a mark of authenticity. Method was important and also the most difficult aspect of colonial folklore scholarship. In the variety of colonial methods of folklore collection, certain methods were more closely determined by real possibilities than others, while some were amazingly inimitable.

Keywords:   method of collecting, colonial context, authenticity, colonial folklore scholarship, colonial methods

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