North American Folklorists Facing the Millennium

Lee Haring

Abstract


A look at the issues confronting North American folklorists in the new millennium, beginning with their very nomenclature. Haring looks at the various ways in which Indian and American folklorists can deal with common issues. He describes ‘public folklore’-the graduates trained by the universities to work in the public realm in various states to document, interpret, popularise and preserve folk and local culture in its various forms. This goes a long way towards improving the collaboration between the public and the academicians. Haring also looks at folkloric expression and literary creativity of diasporic populations, a vital area for Indian folklore research.

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