Folklore | Methods & Theories
F401 | 16981 | McDowell

The purpose of this course is to explore a set of core theories and
methods utilized by folklorists and ethnomusicologists. Our two
fields share a common focus on artistic performance, and can
virtually merge in the work of some scholars, but differences in
approach and technique can be noted as well. We will identify common
ground and some areas of difference by examining both historical and
contemporary research perspectives. Key concepts such as community,
performance, tradition, and genre will be highlighted, as well as
ethnographic field methods employed in folkloristics and
ethnomusicology. The objective here is to have students consolidate
their grasp of these matters both by reflecting on them through
reading and discussion and by making use of them in actual research
Required for majors and minors in the department.