Folklore | INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE
F101 | 2399 | El-Shamy
This course introduces to beginners, especially freshmen, the discipline of
lore and the study of its fields. A broad spectrum of topics in folklore and
folklife is presented; these include: the relationship between lore and
culture; who are the folk?; and how lore affects modern life. Genres and
fields of folklore such as proverbs, the folk narrative, folk architecture
and folk healing are described. Examples from various cultures throughout
the world are given. Major folklore theories are outlined and applied to
selected genres to clarify such issues as the functional, structural,
performance, psychological significance of lore.
Requirements: Only willingness to think.
Textbooks: R.M. Dorson, ed. Folklore and Folklife: An Introduction; and one
volume from the "Folktale of the World" Series (e.g., Egypt, Germany,
Ireland, Israel, etc.); many examples used in class are to be found in Hasan
El-Shamy's Folktales of Egypt ... with Middle Eastern and African Parallels
The tale collection volume contains various genres of folk narratives; these
narratives reflect how culture, worldview, social institutions and processes
are expressed within the context of traditional established forms; they also
serve as examples of specific narrative genres.
Handouts: "The Outline of Culture," "Romanticism," "Ballads."
Examinations: Three exams: (objective).
One written assignment.
Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution