'Dead Clay and Living Clay' : Máirtín Ó Cadhain's criticisms of the work of the Irish Folklore Commission

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Briody , M 2014 , ' 'Dead Clay and Living Clay' : Máirtín Ó Cadhain's criticisms of the work of the Irish Folklore Commission ' , Approaching Religion , vol. 4 , no. 1 , pp. 55-65 . < http://ojs.abo.fi/index.php/ar/article/view/787/840 >

Title: 'Dead Clay and Living Clay' : Máirtín Ó Cadhain's criticisms of the work of the Irish Folklore Commission
Author: Briody, Mícheál
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Language Centre
Date: 2014-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Approaching Religion
ISSN: 1799-3121
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/162138
Abstract: In Ireland the creation of one of the world’s largest collections of oral traditions by the Irish Folklore Commission (1935−70) was intimately bound up with the declining fortunes of the Irish language as a spoken vernacular and the young independent Irish state’s efforts to revive that language. This paper deals not with the Trojan achievements of the Commission, but with certain criticisms of its work levelled against it by someone with impeccable Irish-language credentials and someone who was also steeped in the Irish-language oral tradition since childhood; namely the creative writer and intellectual Máirtín Ó Cadhain. In this paper I will outline some of Ó Cadhain’s criticisms of the work of the Irish Folklore Commission as well as place them in context.
Subject: 6122 Literature studies
6160 Other humanities
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