The Irish Folklore Commission 1935-1970 — History, ideology, methodology

Briody, Mícheál
Title: The Irish Folklore Commission 1935-1970 — History, ideology, methodology
Authors: Briody, Mícheál (Author)
Product number: 9789517469470
Product form: Paperback
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Publ. product code: 1323473
Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Series: Studia Fennica Folkloristica 17
Edition: 2007
Publication year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 535
Product family: Anthropology
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Finnish library classification: 81 KANSANRUNOUS
YSO - General Finnish ontology: kansanperinne, kansanrunous, iirin kieli, kokoelmat, kerääjät, folkloristiikka, historia
Key words: Folkloristics, Folklore, Folk poetry, collections, Irish language
Between 1935 and 1970 the Irish Folklore Commission (Coimisiun Bealoideasa Eireann), under-funded and at great personal cost to its staff, assembled one of the world's largest folklore collections. The cultural, linguistic, political and ideological factors that had a bearing on the establishment and making permanent of the Commission and that impinged on many aspects of its work are here elucidated. This study also deals with the working methods and conditions of employment of the Commission's field and Head Office staff as well with Seamus O Duilearga's direction of the Commission.

This work should be of interest not only to students of Irish oral tradition but to folklorists everywhere. The history of the Irish Folklore Commission is a part of a wider history, that of the history of folkloristics in Europe and North America in particular. Moreover, the Irish Folklore Commission maintained contacts with scholars on all five continents, and this work has relevance for many areas of the developing world today, where conditions are not dissimilar to those that pertained in Ireland in the 1930's when this great salvage operation was funded by the young, independent Irish state.