Nar005
Short folklore forms in contemporary use

Convenors:
Piret Voolaid (Estonian Literary Museum)
Saša Babič (Estonian Literary Museum)
Chair:
Liisa Granbom-Herranen
Stream:
Narrative
Location:
A225
Start time:
22 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The aim of the panel is to describe contemporary short forms of folklore, their usage and its dynamics, in order to detect playfulness and creativity in the (new) formats they take and address the way they reflect on the social reality that gives rise to them.

Long abstract:

The aim of the panel is to describe contemporary short forms of folklore, their usage and its dynamics, in order to detect playfulness and creativity in the (new) formats they take and address the way they reflect on the social reality that gives rise to them. Short or minor forms of folklore, such as proverbs, riddles, phrasemes, graffiti, jokes, charms etc. are commonly used in everyday life. They can be found in several contemporary media like newspapers, advertising billboards, internet, educational materials, entertainment. Different context determines different purposes of usage and interpretations. We invite papers that participate in the discourse focusing on various kinds of cultural texts combined with contemporary short forms of folklore, as well as new short forms of folklore in contemporary media in the wider sense of the word. Is it possible to foresee the future developments in the genre? Various approaches are expected - both theoretical: e.g. creating new genres and typologies, problems of definitions and terms, and empirical: e.g. how to detect, collect and archive new material considering the ethical and personal codex.