Folklore | Folklore Theory in Practice
F516 | 3112 | J. Jackson


This course is a graduate seminar that introduces students to the
field of folklore studies (folkloristics). Students will encounter
the major theories and methods that have been developed in
folkloristics for the study of expressive forms and vernacular
cultures in social and historical context. To pursue such inquiry
requires grappling with the key debates and social contexts that
have shaped the study of folklore. Important case studies from the
literature of folkloristics will be examined, appreciated, critiqued
and contextualized. Students will become familiar with a range of
approaches to the study of expressive culture in four broad generic
areas: (1) verbal folklore, (2) material culture, (3) composite and
performance genres, and (4) customary knowledge and practice.
Folkloristics will be situated within a wider constellation of
disciplines and interdisciplinary projects concerned with the human
condition and we will begin to wrestle with the distinctive roles
that folklorists might play in the contemporary world.