No. 23 (2021): Untold Narratives, Invisible Marks
Ethnology and Folklore

Marginalized Texts of a Glorified Genre: The Valorization of the (Folk)tale in Hungary

Published October 11, 2021
Judit Gulyás
Institute of Ethnology, Research Centre for the Humanities
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Gulyás, J. (2021). Marginalized Texts of a Glorified Genre: The Valorization of the (Folk)tale in Hungary. Ethnographica Et Folkloristica Carpathica, (23), 23–42. https://doi.org/10.47516/ethnographica/23/2021/9583

Attention towards and interest in the genre of the tale began rather belatedly in Hungarian culture. The paper provides a concise overview of the history of assigning value to this narrative genre: how it transformed from a trivial genre of idle amusement of the uneducated people into a precious cultural item that is an essential part of national heritage being safeguarded and studied from a number of perspectives. Parallel with the rise of the genre, a decline of the earliest known tales has taken place due to certain authenticity criteria retrospectively applied by newly formed disciplines as well as the standardization and naturalization of a specific mode of narration.