Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World (review)

Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World (review) Journal of American Folklore 116 (2003) and difficult to use according to historians' notions of evidence. Speaking with Vampires is an admirable, fascinating work, made with serious intent and honest questioning. It is also frustrating for folklorists because White treats the rumors not as performances, but as historical evidence. Accordingly, she is not interested in individual texts in their specific context but the whole regional genre of vampire stories. She raises issues that no longer interest folklorists as much: How were these rumors disseminated? Why do different versions arise? However, these frustrations pale beside White's achievements: she opens up new territory for African historiography, so concerned with positivism and the purity of oral voices, and speaks to the problems and possibilities of using rumor and belief to apprehend African perspectives on colonialism. Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World. By Mark Slobin. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pp. 154, black-and-white photograph, indices, bibliography, discography, CD.) Sarah Quick Indiana University Fiddler on the Move is "neither a chronology nor a comprehensive survey" of klezmer music, according to the dust jacket. Instead, Mark Slobin applies his recent theoretical and methodological projects onto klezmer phenomena. Slobin would probably argue http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American Folklore American Folklore Society

Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World (review)

Journal of American Folklore, Volume 116 (460)

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American Folklore Society
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Copyright © 2003 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
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Journal of American Folklore 116 (2003) and difficult to use according to historians' notions of evidence. Speaking with Vampires is an admirable, fascinating work, made with serious intent and honest questioning. It is also frustrating for folklorists because White treats the rumors not as performances, but as historical evidence. Accordingly, she is not interested in individual texts in their specific context but the whole regional genre of vampire stories. She raises issues that no longer interest folklorists as much: How were these rumors disseminated? Why do different versions arise? However, these frustrations pale beside White's achievements: she opens up new territory for African historiography, so concerned with positivism and the purity of oral voices, and speaks to the problems and possibilities of using rumor and belief to apprehend African perspectives on colonialism. Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World. By Mark Slobin. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pp. 154, black-and-white photograph, indices, bibliography, discography, CD.) Sarah Quick Indiana University Fiddler on the Move is "neither a chronology nor a comprehensive survey" of klezmer music, according to the dust jacket. Instead, Mark Slobin applies his recent theoretical and methodological projects onto klezmer phenomena. Slobin would probably argue

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