Folklore | KOREAN FOLKLORE
F305 | 2423 | Janelli
Description and Objectives. This course has two objectives. The first is
to acquaint students with the study of Korean folk culture. Topics include:
material culture, family and kinship, popular religion, performing arts,
weddings, and efforts to preserve, revitalize, and "construct" traditions in
situations of rapid social change. As part of a liberal arts curriculum,
the course has a second objective of helping students to enhance their
skills in interpreting cultures and thereby develop more informed
understandings of the various ways of life found throughout the world.
The two objectives are pursued through assigned readings, lectures, videos,
slides, class discussions, and individual reflection. The topics of the
readings and audiovisual material are varied and deal with diverse topics,
but all are devoted to using folklore as a means of interpreting or
explaining Korean culture and society. (Nearly all of the videos and slides
are rare and, like lectures and class discussions, cannot be accessed
outside of class.)
Prerequisites. The course is available for undergraduate credit only.
Since it is a 300-level course, students are expected to have completed
their second year of course work.
Grading Policies. Grades are determined as follows:
(a) Three examinations each contribute 25% of the grade for the course.
(b) Students are asked to prepare before eight classes a one-page,
double-spaced (i.e., about 250-300 word) synopsis of the week's reading
assignments, including the reading assigned for the day the synopsis is due,
and one question for class discussion. The question should be suitable for
class discussion on the basis of the reading assignments. These eight
synopses and questions are to be typed or computer-printed and submitted at
the beginning of class. They will be graded and will contribute 20% of the
(c) The remaining 5% of each person's grade is determined by oral
contributions to class discussions.
(d) Points may be added to the semester's average for optional book
reviews (see below).
Optional Book Reviews. Each student has the option of writing one, two, or
three book reviews to earn points that can be added to her/his semester
average. All reviews must be submitted by the last class of the semester.
They are to be typewritten or computer-printed. Each review should be
approximately five pages in length and points will be graded according to
the following scale: 3-very good, 2-average, 1-weak, 0-inadequate.
A book review should not only describe the contents of a book but also
identify the author's main points and show how well the information
presented in the book support these points. It should also discuss the
relationship between the book to the topics and issues pursued in the class
readings, lectures, audio-visual material, and discussions.
Caution: Not every book that deals with Korean folk culture is suitable for
review. Some are collections of disparate articles; others are written for
children or lack adequate information. Books should be chosen in
consultation with the instructor, preferably by mid-semester and during
office hours. Such consultation will help to ensure that the effort
expended to prepare the book review bring the most benefit.
Required Readings. Three books are available for purchase at the Indiana
Memorial Union, Aristotle's, and TIS. One copy of each is also available in
the Library in the Media/Reserves Room:
Roger L. Janelli and Dawnhee Yim Janelli, Ancestor Worship and
Korean Society. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1982. (Paperback
ISBN: 0-8047-2158-0). Blgtn MEDIA/RESERVE BL467 .J36 1982 Open Res. 3 hr
Laurel Kendall, Getting Married in Korea: Of Gender, Morality, and
Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996. (Paperback
ISBN: 0-520-20200-7). Blgtn MEDIA/RESERVE GT2786.K6 K46 1996 Open Res. 3
Marshal R. Pihl, The Korean Singer of Tales. Cambridge, Mass.:
Harvard University Press, 1994. (Cloth ISBN: 0-674-50564-6). Blgtn
MEDIA/RESERVE ML1751.K7 P5 1994 Open Res. 3 hr
About a dozen articles or book chapters are also part of the required
readings for the course. Multiple photocopies of each have been placed on
reserve in File A and File B of the Media/Reserves Room.
Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
requirement and is on List A of the COAS Culture Studies requirement.