Folklore | Folklore & Psychology
F253 | 31156 | H. El-Shamy
Above class meets 2nd 8-weeks only.
Another title for this course could have been "Memory and the
Foundations of Traditions." It deals psychological issues in
folklore, with emphasis on cognitive approaches of learning, memory,
and other issues pertaining to the performance by individuals and
groups of various folkloric phenomena. Among the topics to be
INTRODUCTION. Lore as a Category of Culture: the Varieties of the
Folkloric Phenomenon: the cultural, the Social, and the
Individualistic. Psychological significance of "Traditionality."
Fields and Genres of Lore.
I. An overview of the non-cognitive approaches: S. Freud, and C.G.
II. Aspects of learning; learning `unstructured' materials:
affective components, emotions and sentiments. The folkloric item as
III. The Process of communication; transmission; form and learning:
the capacity to formulate, coding and decoding, to teach and to
IV. Variables in the leaning of lore: issues of structure,
`impressiveness,' subjects' age, gender, mental set, etc.
V. Context and Learning: independent and dependent variables in
learning. Social factors; the social role, the norm.
VI. Effect and social learning.
VII. The cybernetics model, feedback theory: mere knowledge of
results; processing of information. Perceptual motor skills;
Learning and performance; kinesics and craftsmanship in traditional
VIII. Why do we remember certain things from our past but not
others. Factors involved in the processes
of "recalling" / "remembering." Performance as a constituent
of "learning process." Extinction, learning dilemma.
IX. A note on mental health and mental illness in traditional culture
Exams: Two (Midterm, Final): Take-home and objective
Papers: One term paper emphasizing research
Fulfills COLL Social & Historical