The Politics of Origins: Collective Creation Revisited

  title={The Politics of Origins: Collective Creation Revisited},
  author={Valdimar Tr. Hafstein},
  journal={Journal of American Folklore},
  pages={300 - 315}
  • V. Hafstein
  • Published 26 July 2004
  • History
  • Journal of American Folklore
Is collective creation a figment of the nineteenth-century imagination? Have folklorists long since surpassed communal theories of creativity? That, at least, is the official position of the United States government. Who knew the government even has a position on the origins of folklore? That, in and of itself, warrants further exploration. More important, this position carries consequences that extend to international politics and trade. These consequences illustrate the nexus between theory… 
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