What We Should Have Learned from Américo Paredes: The Politics of Communicability and the Making of Folkloristics

@article{Briggs2012WhatWS,
  title={What We Should Have Learned from Am{\'e}rico Paredes: The Politics of Communicability and the Making of Folkloristics},
  author={C. Briggs},
  journal={Journal of American Folklore},
  year={2012},
  volume={125},
  pages={110 - 91}
}
  • C. Briggs
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Journal of American Folklore
  • Critically revising genealogies of folkloristics to reflect how Américo Paredes attempted to reorient the discipline half a century ago entails grasping how he radically redefined folklore and repositioned folklorists within complex generic, social, and political networks. This article uses a new theoretical framework, based on the notion of communicability, that analyzes the vernacular models used by performers, audiences, and folklorists in projecting the production, circulation, and… CONTINUE READING
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