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The Role of Folklore Study in the Rise ofRussian Formalist and Czech Structuralist Literary TheorybyJessica Evans MerrillA dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction of therequirements for the degree ofDoctor of PhilosophyinSlavic Languages and Literaturesin theGraduate Divisionof theUniversity of California, BerkeleyCommittee in charge:Professor Irina Paperno, ChairProfessor Harsha RamProfessor Alan TimberlakeProfessor John ConnellySpring 2012The Role of Folklore Study in the Rise ofRussian Formalist and Czech Structuralist Literary Theory© 2012byJessica Evans Merrill1AbstractThe Role of Folklore Study in the Rise ofRussian Formalist and Czech Structuralist Literary TheorybyJessica Evans MerrillDoctor of Philosophy in Slavic Languages and LiteraturesUniversity of California, BerkeleyProfessor Irina Paperno, ChairRussian formalism and Czech structuralism are understood to have initiated the study ofliterature as a self-sufficient discipline by applying linguistic concepts to the an...