Minding Folklore

Simon J. Bronner (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

A theory of mind is outlined based upon the emergence of concepts of practice/praxis and a reconsideration of tradition as a manipulable force. Another basis is the advancement of brain science that has identified sources of narrative, memory, perception, and belief. In a folkloristic theory of mind the motives for enactment of traditional knowledge stem from cognitive defenses for anxiety, emotion, and conflict that produce symbols of thought and frames of action. Ways that processes of projection, transference, and sublimation explain how and why people think folklorically are posited.

Part of V1-05 Toward a Theory of Mind in Folkloristics, Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm