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Title: A succession of dialogues: François-Marie Luzel and his contribution to the Breton folktale
Authors: Wilson, Michael
Keywords: François-Marie Luzel
Folk tales
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Intellect
Citation: WILSON, M., 2020. A succession of dialogues: François-Marie Luzel and his contribution to the Breton folktale. Book 2.0, 9(1), In Press.
Abstract: On the one hand, Luzel was a man of his time, adopting the philosophies and approaches of his fellow folklorists and antiquarians. However, many of his methods, in particular his insistence on authenticity and fidelity to the spoken word, and his realization that traditional cultures are enriched and preserved not through cultural isolation, but by interaction with other cultures, seem out of step with the attitudes of many of his contemporaries and rather seem to anticipate twentieth century developments in folktale collecting practice. Furthermore, Luzel often courted controversy and regularly came into conflict with many of his colleagues in the Breton cultural and political establishment around his insistence on publishing in French and his attitude towards the literary ‘Unified Breton’ and the associated debates around what constituted an authentic Breton culture. This article will place Luzel in his historical context and explore his approach to collecting and publishing his folktales and the controversies he courted. It is followed by a companion piece – a new translation of one of Luzel’s tales – ‘Jannic aux deux sous’ (‘Tuppenny Jack’*) – a Breton variant of ‘The Frog Prince’.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 12 months after publication.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/38325
Publisher Link: https://www.intellectbooks.com/book-20
ISSN: 2042-8022
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (English and Drama)

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