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Oral History

1977

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The History Of Folklore And The History Of Science, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1977

The History Of Folklore And The History Of Science, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

We have to recognize a very important methodological problem that is involved in the study of the history of folklore. By turning to the history of the discipline as a subject of research we embark into a different discipline, namely history of science, and thus assume new responsibilities. As a matter of fact, at present the history of science is a recognized discipline with its departments, books and textbooks, journals and national and international conventions that provide the framework for scholarly exchange. At the University of Pennsylvania we have a department, History and Sociology of Science, devoted precisely to this ...


The Concept Of Genre In Folklore, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1977

The Concept Of Genre In Folklore, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

If the concept of genre appears inadequate and the definitions of forms are vague, if the arguments about classifications are tiring and the debates about standards seem futile, the fault is not only in the genres, but also in ourselves. The terms for genres are an integral part of any language. They are the words for speaking about speech and for conceiving of categories of tradition. Myth, tale, legend, and song, and their correlates in other languages, existed long before the idea of folklore dawned upon scholars. When folklore became a discipline, and its research assumed scientific garb, we took ...