Folklore Mondays: “Folktexts”

If you read my post last week about the Rye Mother, you’ve heard me mention folklorist D.L. Ashlimann already. I know nothing at all about Dr. Ashlimann’s work, but his site, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, is an interesting resource.

From glancing at his CV it seems Dr. Ashlimann is a tale-type scholar, meaning his primary interests are in collecting, analyzing and comparing traditional narratives. This is something that relatively few American folklorists do today, though it’s still done by European scholars in the discipline.

At any rate, his website, Folktexts, is an impressive collection of narratives grouped by subject, in some cases apparently translated by Dr. Ashlimann himself. Check it out here if you need some late-night reading material.

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