Folklore | Concept of Tradition in Folklore
F404 | 26084 | Johnson


Meets with FOLK-F 740.  Tradition is one of the key concepts in
folkloristics, and yet its meaning has, for the most part, been
taken for granted by scholars in this discipline.  Problems arise
when different folklorists define the concept differently and
sometimes employ it in contradicting ways.  The problem is further
complicated when scholars in related disciplines and the public in
general employ the concept in different and varied ways.

This seminar will attempt an in depth study of this concept,
beginning in Unit I with an attempt to understand the place of
tradition in the discipline of folkloristics.  Unit II will consist
of guest presentations from individuals both in and out of the
discipline of folkloristics concerning their personal definitions of
this concept.

Unit III will consist of class presentations by students and in
depth discussions which goal will be to attempt an updated, a
working definition of tradition for our time.  There are three
ultimate goals of the seminar, which are: 1) to understand how
folklorists and other scholars have defined the concept through
history, 2) to attempt a working definition of the concept for the
present, and 3) to begin to understand in what perceptual ways the
general public defines and employs the concept in everyday social
interaction.