Fritz Harkort

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Fritz Harkort (born July 14, 1927 in Heessen (today Hamm ), † February 3, 1972 in Göttingen ) was a German folklorist and narrative researcher .


Harkort initially studied German , history and folklore at the Universities of Münster , Marburg and Kiel . On the latter he received his doctorate in 1956 with the dissertation The pseudo and shadow penalties in the story with Kurt Ranke . From the following year he was his assistant in the preparatory work for the encyclopedia of fairy tales . In 1960 he became editor of Fabula magazine . He was a co-founder of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research , of which he was secretary until his early death.


  • Folk narrative research and parapsychology. In: Fritz Harkort, Karel C. Peeters, Robert Wildhaber (eds.): People's tradition. Festschrift for Kurt Ranke on the completion of the 60th year of life. Göttingen 1968, pp. 89-105.
  • Animal stories in folk lore. in: Ute Schwab (ed.): The animal in poetry. Heidelberg 1970, pp. 12-54, 244-258.