Collections of Hungarian Folk Literature from the 19th Century and Their Canonisation

2021 Acta Ethnographica Hungarica  
In the first half of the present article, I review collections of folk literature which include 19th-century folktales, placing a special emphasis on trying to establish the extent to which these texts and the associated collectors have been studied, explored, and published. 1 Next, I demonstrate which of the texts in question may be considered as part of the canon 2 of folk literature that emerged in the latter third of the 19th century, which works and authors defined the approaches that were
more » ... considered relevant, and what the selection criteria for canonisation were. Alongside the interpretative canon, I shall also attempt to record the textual canon and its changes – to capture the act by which certain texts were clearly excluded from the canon while others were included by the individuals who wished to create or modify the canon. I would also like to show how the image of 19th-century collectors and collections created in the second half of the century became gradually transformed during the 20th century, and how these changes affected the place the collections in question occupy in folkloristics in general.
doi:10.1556/022.2021.00006 fatcat:ikgbqfkhlzhynfanaos7txhkgy