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- DescriptionCan the study of folklore survive brutal wars and nationalized misappropriations? Does folklore make sense in an age of fearsome techlogy? These are two of several questions this book addresses with specific and profound reference to the history of folklore studies in Germany. There in the early nineteenth century in the ideological context of romantic nationalism, the works of the Brothers Grimm pioneered the discipline. The sublimation of folklore studies with the nation's political history reached a peak in the 1930s under the Nazi regime. This book takes a full look at what happened to folklore after the end of World War II and the defeat of the Nazis. A special focus on Lutz Rohrich (1923-2006), whose work spans the decades from 1955 to 2006, makes this book a unique window into a monumental reclamation. In 1945 Rohrich returned from the warfront at the age of twenty-three, a wounded amputee. Resuming his education, he published his seminal Marchen und Wirklichkeit (Folktale and Reality) in 1956. Naithani argues that through this and a huge body of scholarship on folktale, folksong, proverbs, and riddles over the next decades, Rohrich transformed folklore scholarship by critically challenging the legacies of Romanticism and Nazism in German folklore work. Sadhana Naithani's book is the first full-length treatment of this extraordinary German scholar written in English.
- Author BiographySadhana Naithani is a professor at the Centre of German Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She is the author of In Quest of Indian Folktales: Pandit Ram Gharib Chaube and William Crooke and The Story-Time of the British Empire: Colonial and Postcolonial Folkloristics (University Press of Mississippi).
- Author(s)Sadhana Naithani
- PublisherUniversity Press of Mississippi
- Date of Publication28/02/2014
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationJackson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Mississippi
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight399 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
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