Informant disavowal and the interpretation of storytelling revival

@article{Heywood2004InformantDA,
  title={Informant disavowal and the interpretation of storytelling revival},
  author={Simon R. Heywood},
  journal={Folklore},
  year={2004},
  volume={115},
  pages={45 - 63}
}
The scholarship of traditional arts revivals is often ironic. Revivalists' activity has been understood as a rational, politically nostalgic, and symbolic re‐enactment of a fictional past. In this, scholars have underestimated the significance of disavowal; that is, informants' neutral or negative responses to analytical methods and conclusions. Interviews with English storytelling revivalists reveal a coherent and significant consensus of disavowal, showing their primary concern to be not with… Expand
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