Folklore | INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE
F101 | 2282 | Johnson


The course will consist of five units, beginning with a short history of
the theories, schools and methods of the field of folkloristics. The
second unit will explore some of the more common oral forms of folklore,
such as the folktale (including its most important American form, the
joke), the legend (including its most important American form, the urban
folk legend), the epic, the proverb, and the riddle. The third unit will
briefly discuss gestural forms of folklore, including hand gestures and
folk dance. A fourth unit will deal with some of the forms of material
folklore, such as arts and crafts, weaving, and folk costumes. Mention
will also be made at this point of some of the  more peripheral forms of
folklore, such as graffiti (including latrinalia) and xeroxalia. Customary
folklore will be included in the fifth and final unit. Main topics to be
covered here are folk festivals and folk gaming. The course will conclude
with a lecture on the total effect of all these forms on society,
including discussions of the important term weltanschauung (worldview).

Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
requirement.