Maps can play an important role in understanding the close connection between individuals, their lived environment and their story repertoires. The legend genre is particularly related to local environment. Although the original historic-geographic method proposed by Kaarle and Julius Krohn has been largely abandoned by folklorists, the role the map can play in advancing our understanding of the important relationships between teller, told and the environment should not be dismissed. A new approach to folklore repertoire is presented here. This approach makes use of digital archival resources and geographic information systems that allow folklorists to visualize and interpret aspects of folklore closely linked to the environment. This paper presents several small experiments based on the legend collections of Evald Tang Kristensen as an illustration of the power of this new historic-geographic approach.


computation, mapping, repertoire, storytelling, geography

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Tangherlini T. R., (2010) “LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES”, Ethnologia Europaea 40(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1072

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.


Timothy R. Tangherlini (UCLA)





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