The growth of nations, national ideologies and the accompanying quest for the ‘authentic’ among ‘the people’ has been a subject of enquiry for many disciplines. Building upon wide-ranging scholarship, this interdisciplinary study seeks to analyse the place of folklore in the long nineteenth century throughout Europe as an important symbol in the growth and development of nations and nationalism, and in particular to see how combining perspectives from History, Literary Studies, Music and Architecture can help provide enhanced and refreshing perspectives on the complex process of nation-building. With a range of detailed case studies drawing upon archival, literary, visual and musical sources as well as material culture, it raises questions about individual countries but also about links and similarities across Europe.
Timothy Baycroft, PhD (Cambridge), is Senior Lecturer in French History at the University of Sheffield. He has published widely on regionalism and nationalism in France and Europe, as well as border studies, including
France: Inventing the Nation (Arnold, 2008).
David Hopkin, PhD (Cambridge) is Fellow and Tutor in History at Hertford College, University of Oxford. He has published extensively on oral culture and the relationship between folklore and history, including
Voices of the People in Nineteenth Century France (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
For anyone interested in the role that nationalism played in the development of nineteenth century folklore, or vice versa, the role that folklore played in the rise of nationalism and transnationalism, this is the book for you. [...]
There are seventeen essays in this "fabulous" book edited by Timothy Baycroft and David Hopkin -- fabulous because the essays are all gems and contain an incredible treasure of insights into neglected topics that need more attention by researchers from different fields.
Jack Zipes (University of Minnesota),
Marvels & Tales, spring 2014
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Notes on Contributors
Oral epic: The nation finds a voice,
Shaping the Voice of the People in Nineteenth-Century Operas,
Folk Culture & Nation-Building in the Less than Developed World: A Study on the Visual Culture of Citizenship,
Ideas of Folk and Nation in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century European Architecture,
Peter Blundell Jones
The Regional and the Global: Folk Culture at World's Fairs and the Reinvention of the Nation,
Ethnographic Display and Political Narrative: The Salle de France of the Musée d’ethnographie du Trocadéro,
Displaying the Arlésienne: Museums, Folklife and Regional Identity in France,
Folklore as a Weapon: National Identity in German-Annexed Alsace 1890-1914,
Negotiating Progress and Degeneracy: Irish Antiquaries and the Discovery of the ‘Folk’, 1770-1844,
Narrating Scotland: Andrew Lang’s Coloured Fairy Book Collection, The Gold of Fairnilee, and ‘A Creelfull of Celtic Stories,’
Sara M Hines
England – The Land without Folklore?,
An Imperialist Folklore? Establishing the Folk-Lore Society in London,
Chris Wingfield and Chris Gosden
The Ballad Revival and National Literature: Textual Authority and the Invention of Tradition,
National Folklore, National Drama and The Creation of Visual National Identity: The Case of Jón Árnason, Sigurður Guðmundsson and Indriði Einarsson in Iceland,
Oral Traditions and the Making of the Finnish Nation,
Sorrowful Folksong and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Finland,
All those interested in the history, folklore, literature and music of nineteenth-century Europe in comparative perspective, which will include academics, students, libraries and some members of the educated public.