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Folklore: It's not just for peasants anymore.

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A community for those with an academic interest in folklore
Did you watch the recent Brothers Grimm movie and find yourself yelling tale-type and motif numbers at the screen? (That and a lot of vodka is the only way to watch that movie...)

Do you want to throw rocks at people who talk about the myth of the Kentucky Fried Rat?

Do you sometimes wonder whether Alan Dundes or Joseph Campbell would win in a fight?

Do you know the difference between a Wellerism and a Spoonerism?

Are you excited by reception theory?

Can you explain the Finnish Method?

Do you think the "We should change the name of the discipline!" people and the "That would kill folklore!" people should settle it by jello wrestling?

Can you finish this sentence?: A priest, a minister, and a rabbi walk into a bar...

At least 5 different ways?

Do you wish Wolfgang Mieder could be your grandpa?

Have you ever written a paper on drinking games?

Do you wish you could get drunk with Juha Pentikainen at conferences? (Next time we meet is perhaps in different context. *splat!*)

Do you know who coined the term folklore and in what year?

Can you name half a dozen Finns?

Could you, in a pinch, apply Oral Formulaic Theory to the stylin's of Snoop Dog?

If you answered yes to any of the above, or really if you have any idea what any of the above meant, this community is for you. This is a community for the academic discussion of folklore (Folkloristics:Folklore::Linguistics:Language) If you're studying folklore, working in folklore, looking to get into folklore, or just generally interested in thinking about folklore in a critical way, come on in, the water is fine.

I'm euryale000 and I'll be your mod today. Play nice, etc., etc.

Link to a page full of links to folklore resources that you might be interested in.

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folklore More general folklore discussion.
medievalstudies Academic medievalists.
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