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Banana Republics and V. I. Degrees: Rethinking Indian Folklore in a Postcolonial World

Narayan, Kirin


In the history of scholarship on folklore in India, little attention has been directed towards the relationship between folklore and social change. This paper reviews British-based folklore studies in India, identifying a paradigm of self-contained peasant authenticity that viewed references to changing social realities as adulterations that must be edited out. It then contrasts such suppressions of change with the conscious revamping of folklore materials to disseminate nationalist,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1993
Type: Journal article
Source: Asian Folklore Studies
DOI: 10.2307/1178456


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