Folklore | INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE
F101 | 2400 | McDowell


An introduction to the study of folklore in all its variety and splendor. We
examine the folk group as the social matrix for the production of folk
tradition, including families, groups of friends and associates,
occupational groups, ethnic and regional groups, and nationalities. Then we
explore the different forms of traditional expression - verbal, visual,
material, and movement. We pay attention to the familiar genres of folklore
- riddles, jokes, proverbs, stories, ballads, myths, epics, songs and music,
arts and craft, dance. We must also take into account worldview and systems
of belief underlying these expressive forms. Next we analyze the stylistics
of folk expression from an aesthetic point of view: what is different, and
special, about traditional forms of expression? Finally, we investigate the
role of folklore in the modern world - how does folk tradition adapt to new
settings and circumstances? How does it help people adjust to our changing
environments? We conclude by evaluating the contribution of folklore to a
sense of place and community, all the more cherished in these times of rapid
social and technological change.

Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
requirement.