The Russian Criticism of the 'Finnish School' in Folktale Scholarship.

by H. Jason

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The Russian critique of the "Finnish School," which was made by several Russian scholars in the late twenties and early thirties, points out the school's theoretical weaknesses. The school is essentially mechanistic: tales are classified by types; an attempt is made to construct an historical genetical connection that is unverifiable; a mechanical movement through space is traced. Lacking a clear research perspective, no theoretically significant results are obtained. The main merit of the "Finnish School" is in the organizational archive work. 25 pp. Ref.

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