Accepted paper:

What is the difference? Conundrums in traditional and contemporary Hungarian folklore

Author:

Katalin Vargha (Institute of Ethnology, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Paper short abstract:

This paper provides an overview of Hungarian conundrums from a textological point of view, concentrating on some popular formulaic patterns in traditional and contemporary folklore.

Paper long abstract:

This paper provides an overview of Hungarian conundrums from a textological point of view, concentrating on some popular formulaic patterns in traditional and contemporary folklore. Sources include traditional riddle and joke collections as well as archival material and internet sites. Though the collections usually don't provide any contextual data, by concentrating on selected patterns like "What is the difference between X and Y?", we can see how these are filled up in every period with up-to-date content and references. With simple formulas and nearly endless possibility for variation, these short forms remain a living and truly contemporary genre of folklore.

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Short folklore forms in contemporary use