Folklore | Methods & Theories
F401 | 28908 | F. Orejuela

Fulfills COLL Social & Historical

Above class priority given to majors and minors. Contact to obtain online authorization.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to principle
theories and methods in the two fields composing our department,
Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Folklorists and ethnomusicologists
study the meanings of expressive forms in the everyday lives of
individuals and their roles in society. Our two fields share a
common focus on forms of artistic performance and expressive
culture. Our scholarship also demonstrates a shared interest in the
study of people and their artistic productions. Our research aims to
contribute to the understanding of social processes, artistic
practices, and human creativity.

We will engage in discussions on the following: (1) examining the
convergences and divergences of the two fields; (2) their histories
and current research paradigms; (3) basic concepts such as
community, tradition, genre, performance; (4) research methods; and
(5) the issues associated with presenting/representing people in the
public setting.

Required textbooks:
1. Bauman, Richard (ed.). 1992. Folklore, Cultural Performances, and
Popular Entertainments: A Communications-Centered Handbook. New
York: Oxford University Press.
2. Ruth Stone. 2007. Theory for Ethnomusicology. New York: Prentice