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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 Story-Time of the British Empire

The Story-Time of the British Empire

Transnational Folkloristics as Theory of Cultural Disjunctions

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The Story-Time of the British Empire

Sadhana Naithani

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter attempts to show how the global situation of folklore is connected with many current aspects of the discipline of folkloristics. Intellectual paradigms emerge in particular socio-political contexts, but continue to exist and function beyond those contexts. It is discussed here how the situation of colonial British folklore collectors was global and how it impacted the future of the discipline and of several performative practices. First, the situation of colonial folkloristics was global because the consciousness of the colonial collectors was global. Second, the situation was global because similar methods and theoretical concepts were applied to a vast variety of folklore systems in the world. This has affected the development of folkloristics in a particular manner.

Keywords:   global situation, intellectual paradigms, socio-political contexts, performative practices, folklore systems

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