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Folklore in Baltic History
Resistance and Resurgence

By Sadhana Naithani

80 pages (approx.), 5.5 x 8.5 inches

9781496823564 Printed casebinding $99.00S

9781496823571 Paper $30.00S

A lively history of folklore practice in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

Folklore in the Baltic History: Resistance and Resurgence is about the role of folklore, folklore archives, and folklore studies in the contemporary history of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania--together called the Baltic countries. They were occupied by Russia, by Germany, and lastly by the USSR at the end of the Second World War. They regained freedom in 1991.

The period under the rule of the USSR brought several changes to their societies and cultures. Individuals and institutions dealing with folklore--archives, university departments, and folklorists--came under special control, attack, and surveillance. Some of the pioneer folklorists escaped to other countries, but many others witnessed their institutions and the meaning of folklore studies transformed. In spite of all the pressure, folklore continued to be a matter of identity, and folksongs became the marching songs of crowds resisting Soviet control in the late 1980s. Since independence in 1991 folklore scholars and institutions revamped and reconstituted folkloristics.

Sadhana Naithani combines the study of written works, archival documents, life-stories, and conversations with folklorists, ethnologists, archivists, and historians in Tartu, Riga, and Vilnius. She recorded conversations on video, creating current reflections on issues of the recent past. Based on the study of life-stories and oral history projects, Naithani juxtaposes the history of folkloristics and the life of the folk in the Soviet period of the Baltic countries. The result is this dramatic, first-ever history of Baltic folkloristics.

SADHANA NAITHANI is professor at the Centre of German Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, and president of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research. She is author of In Quest of Indian Folktales: Pandit Ram Gharib Chaube and William Crooke; The Story-Time of the British Empire: Colonial and Postcolonial Folkloristics; and Folklore Theory in Postwar Germany, the latter two published by University Press of Mississippi.

80 pages (approx.), 5.5 x 8.5 inches