Structural Analysis and the Concept of the "Tale-Type."

by H. Jason

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The concept of the "tale-field" is evolved in an examination of the structural-analytic approach to folklore and the concept of the "tale-type" of the Finnish School. The "tale-type" concept disintegrates under synchronic structural analysis. There exist independent particles that are combined by certain rules into higher-level units, eventually ending as whole tales. The synchronic relations between the existing or possible tale texts are viewed as a "field," and the "tale-field" emerges as the structure of the relations between the concrete texts narrated in the society. 32 pp. Refs.

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