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Author Naithani, Sadhana, author

Title Folklore in Baltic history : resistance and resurgence / Sadhana Naithani
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 109 pages)
Contents Writing a dramatic history of Baltic folkloristics: methodological plurality and multidisciplinarity -- A flashback -- The drama begins -- Resistance site 1: folklore at the university -- Resistance site 2: the folklore archives -- Resistance site 3: the countryside -- The resurgence
Summary "Folklore in the Baltic History: Resistance and Resurgence is about the role of folklore, folklore archives, and folklore studies in the contemporary history of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania--together called the Baltic countries. They were occupied by Russia, by Germany, and lastly by the USSR at the end of the Second World War. They regained freedom in 1991. The period under the rule of the USSR brought several changes to their societies and cultures. Individuals and institutions dealing with folklore--archives, university departments, and folklorists--came under special control, attack, and surveillance. Some of the pioneer folklorists escaped to other countries, but many others witnessed their institutions and the meaning of folklore studies transformed. The USSR did not stop folklore studies but led the field to new methods. In spite of all the pressure, folklore continued to be a matter of identity, and folksongs became the marching songs of crowds resisting Soviet control in the late 1980s. Since independence in 1991, folklore scholars and institutions revamped and reconstituted folkloristics. Today all three countries have many active scholars and institutions. Sadhana Naithani recounts this resilient arc through an intermedial and interdisciplinary methodology of research. She combines the study of written works, archival documents, life-stories, and conversations with folklorists, ethnologists, archivists, and historians in Tartu, Riga, and Vilnius. She recorded conversations on video, creating current reflections on issues of the recent past. Based on the study of life-stories and oral history projects, Naithani juxtaposes the history of folkloristics and the life of the folk in the Soviet period of the Baltic countries." -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 20, 2019)
Subject Folk literature, Baltic -- History and criticism
Folk literature, Baltic.
Folklore.
Politics and government.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology
Baltic States -- Folklore -- History and criticism
Baltic States -- Politics and government -- 1940-1991
Baltic States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Informational works.
Informational works.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018058048
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