In Search of Authenticity: Formation of Folklore Studies

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The author of this text explores notions of authenticity in German and American folklore studies from the 18th century to the present. She demonstrates how "authenticity" was used to foster national causes and uphold a belief in "cultural essence" against feelings of loss inherent in modernization.

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"Important for scholars in any discipline concerned with cultural analysis. In her focus on folklore and through the tremendous learning and insight she brings to bear on the 'authentic, ' Bendix has provided both a model exploration of one discipline and a broadly consequential analysis of discourses at the heart of many."--Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz Important for scholars in any discipline concerned with cultural analysis. In her focus on folklore and through the tremendous learning and insight she brings to bear on the authentic, Bendix has provided both a model exploration of one discipline and a broadly consequential analysis of discourses at the heart of many. Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz"

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Regina Bendix is assistant professor of folklore at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of Switzerland, she is the author of several books and many articles about European and American folklore and folklife, including "Backstage Domains: Playing William Tell in Two Communities."

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