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Folklore Recycled: Old Traditions in New Contexts

Frank de Caro


This book starts from the proposition that folklore—usually thought of in its historical social context as “oral tradition”—is easily appropriated and recycled into other contexts. That is, writers may use folklore in their fiction or poetry, taking plots, as an example, from a folktale. Visual artists may concentrate on depicting folk figures or events, like a ritual or a ceremony. Tourism officials may promote a place through advertising its traditional ways. Folklore may play a role in intellectual conceptualizations, as when nationalists use folklore to promote symbolic unity. The book dis ... More

Keywords: folklore, folktale, folk figures, ritual, ceremony, nationalists, symbolic unity, repurposing, Colson Whitehead, John Henry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617037641
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank de Caro, author