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Horrible article. I am no good at doing things Wikipedia style so I was hoping someone could help me. First of all folkloristics is sometimes, even often, known simply as folklore. For Wikipedia it is convenient that we use folkloristics as the main article but we also need something in the disambiguation page for folklore to point here. Another term for folkloristics is ethnology (see: [1]) but the page on ethnology does not reflect this at all and is purely concerned with ethnology in the anthropological sense. There needs to be some kind of reference to this article. Are there any folklorists here at all? I am a graduate student of folkloristics but I would prefer that someone whose native language is English would handle rewrite this article. If no-one can be found here I'll try to find someone to do it.--Óli Gneisti (talk) 04:21, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

What a long undifferentiated list. Can anyone select out the most important names, work them into a paragraph and retitle the list "Other folklorists include? Or can a one-line synopsis of the named folklorist's contribution be added to the name? I'm not competent, or I'd do it myself. --Wetman 05:19, 7 October 2005 (UTC)

Yeah, and doesn't "folklorist" also refer to oral historians and compilers of folktales, not just theorists? I'd expect to see Zora Neale Hurston and Américo Paredes on the list...--Rockero 23:58, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, it's very unsatisfactory. 99% of this article is covered by Category:Folklorists. I suggest merging to Mythography and making this a redirect. --Guinnog 00:08, 30 July 2006 (UTC)
I fear that the distinction between folklore (the popular repository of folk knowledge, tales, herb lore, etc.) and mythography (literally: "the writing of myths") (myths being the tales that connect a people to their past (and often their future), their lands, and each other--much more frequently an oral tradition than a written one) might be lost if such a merger is carried out. Please comment.--Rockero 10:44, 30 July 2006 (UTC)
This article is currently a bad article. Someone shouldimprove it, remove the unnecessary biographical information and go into more detail analysis. Mythography is a different discipline. Just because the article is bad now doesn't make it redundant. It needs expansion not removal.leontes 04:55, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
It is redundant because there's already a category for it. I'm removing the list since it already exists in a far superior state, and then the rest of the article can be debated over (it's just a list of "references" now). Radagast83 04:11, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
Strong Against. Without question this entry needs to be improved, but Mythography and Folkloreism are two distinct disciplines. Ionesco 16:33, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
Noticed the proposal to merge mythography and folkloristics and 2 opposes on this page. Agree it is merging two topics and already too broad, if anything narrow it not broaden into covering mythography as well. I think consensus reached to taking off the merge idea now. Goldenrowley 03:34, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

Quality of content[edit]

Very inadequate and incomplete. It needs a summary of the history of the discipline which begins in Europe with J. G. Herder and the Grimm brothers (known for fairy tales and dictionary). Here we have two lists limited to North America. Folklore studies have an interesting history in the British Isles and continental Europe and are particularly strong in the smaller nations established from the 19th century on e.g. Scandinavia, eastern Europe. Here they got well supported by the goverments of those countries.----Felix Folio Secundus (talk) 02:02, 5 June 2009 (UTC)


I think the following content should have its own articles.

  • List of publication on folkloristics or just a folk literature -- (talk) 23:18, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

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Counter Views[edit]

This section is far too long, unclear, and loaded down with jargon to the extent of being unreadable my a non-expert (i.e. sastriya-loukika, exonym, subject-position). The sense I get is that this is an argument that concepts like folklore and anthropology are dehumanizing and probably somewhat racist. That's not an unreasonable argument, but the problem is I don't even know if that is the argument. There's also the fact that the section attributes this to "Cultural Study" scholars, but the only article referenced is by a fellow named Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay of the Indian Statistical Institute. I'm not saying this person is not a legitimate academic, and it seems he does write in a cultural studies vein, but without more references showing his view is representative of them, I think this point should be attributed to him personally, not him as a voice of Cultural Studies. Kevin Corbett (talk) 22:35, 5 January 2013 (UTC)