Current Folklore Theories

  title={Current Folklore Theories},
  author={Richard Mercer Dorson},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={93 - 112}
  • R. Dorson
  • Published 1 February 1963
  • Education
  • Current Anthropology
A RESTRAINED and cautious mood dominates folklore studies of the twentieth century, in reaction to wild and extravagant theories advanced by European folklorists and mythologists in the nineteenth century. One prominent school of thought had reduced all myths and tales and ballads to heavenly phenomena, and read the conflict between hero and dragon as a contest between the sun and the night, daylight and thunderstorms, or lightning and darkness. Another and rival group beheld in the records of… 


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