Folklore on Trial: Pertev Naili Boratav and the Denationalization of Turkish Folklore

@article{ztrkmen2005FolkloreOT,
  title={Folklore on Trial: Pertev Naili Boratav and the Denationalization of Turkish Folklore},
  author={Arzu {\"O}zt{\"u}rkmen},
  journal={Journal of Folklore Research},
  year={2005},
  volume={42},
  pages={185 - 216}
}
In 1946, Pertev Naili Boratav established the first Department of Folk Literature in Turkey. In 1947 he was charged with discouraging nationalism and promoting leftism in his classroom. His trial, which took place the next year, marked a turning point in the development of Turkish folklore studies. He had hoped that his academic unit could systematize and professionalize folklore study in Turkey, which at the time was dominated by amateurs in the service of the semi-official cultural centers… 

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