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By Sadhana Naithani

Can the learn of folklore live on brutal wars and nationalized misappropriations? Does folklore make experience in an age of fearsome expertise? those are of numerous questions this ebook addresses with particular and profound connection with the heritage of folklore experiences in Germany. There within the early 19th century within the ideological context of romantic nationalism, the works of the Brothers Grimm pioneered the self-discipline. The sublimation of folklore reports with the nation’s political heritage reached a top within the Nineteen Thirties lower than the Nazi regime. This e-book takes an entire examine what occurred to folklore after the tip of global battle II and the defeat of the Nazis. a distinct specialise in Lutz Röhrich (1923–2006), whose paintings spans the many years from 1955 to 2006, makes this booklet a distinct window right into a huge reclamation.

In 1945 Röhrich lower back from the warfront on the age of twenty-three, a wounded amputee. Resuming his schooling, he released his seminal Märchen und Wirklichkeit (Folktale and Reality) in 1956. Naithani argues that via this and a tremendous physique of scholarship on folktale, folksong, proverbs, and riddles over the following a long time, Röhrich reworked folklore scholarship by way of significantly tough the legacies of Romanticism and Nazism in German folklore paintings. Sadhana Naithani’s publication is the 1st full-length therapy of this impressive German pupil written in English.

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