Lesson 3: Exploring Ideas about Voice

Because so many people tell a particular folktale and there are so many variations of tale, it is usually hard to say who owns a particular story. Likewise, the characters in stories can be told from numerous perspectives. This lesson analyzes questions about key voices in a folktale.

Folklorists, scholars, and publishers have debates over who owns a traditional tale. Who do you think owns the version The Wolf and the Dough Children told in the Lang Village. Who owns it if it is told with variations in a neighboring village? Who owns the ChinaVine version of the tale? Can folktales belong to any one person? Can a village own a folktale? What happens if you can’t answer these questions and you want to publish a book on folktales? Post your answers to these questions.

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