The Folklore Society (originally Folk-Lore Society) was founded in London in 1878 by a group of folklore and antiquities enthusiasts. At the first session in January 1878, its secretary George Laurence Gomme announced its subject: “[...] the collecting and printing the fast-fading relics of our popular fictions and traditions, legendary ballads, local proverbial saying, old customs and superstitions”. These materials were collected by the various members who published them in the Society’s journals: Folk-Lore Record (1878-1882), Folk-Lore Journal (1883 to 1889) and Folk-Lore (from 1890).
“The Folklore Society. National and international”
Paul Cowdell, 2015
Folklore has some peculiarities as a discipline. Its emergence was intimately tied to notions of national identity, whether as aspiration or consolidation, yet it strove at the same time to be truly international in its scholarly liaisons. We will consider here some aspects of this interaction in the formative years of the Folklore Society in Britain, one of the first societies internationally to use the word “folklore” in its title. The (...)