Carl Wilhelm von Sydow

Carl Wilhelm von Sydow

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Bringéus, Nils-Arvid
Carl Wilhelm von Sydow. A Swedish Pioneer in Folklore. Translated by John Irons
Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
FF Communications 298
Sastamala 2009, 272 pp.


Nils-Arvid Bringéus provides a detailed analysis of the founder of folklore reseach in Sweden, Professor Carl Wilhelm von Sydow (1878–1952). We are introduced to a fascinating personality and able to follow his persevering struggle to gain acceptance for a new academic discipline. Von Sydow took a highly active interest in international cooperation, not least within the field of folktale research. He tought at both Lund and Uppsala universities, establishing a taxonomy within the study of folklore that has been of great importance.

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ISBN 978-951-41-1051-1
ISSN 0014-5815