Folklore | History of Folklore Study
F517 | 24813 | Schrempp

This will be a course in the intellectual history of the study of
folklore.  The goal will be to contextualize folkloristic concerns
within the major theoretical currents that have shaped the social
sciences and humanities broadly in the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries (including social evolutionism, distributionalism,
psychoanalysis, formalism, performance theory, and postmodernism).
The readings will be classic works that reflect such currents.  We
will approach the readings both in terms of the intellectual
assumptions belonging to milieux in which they arose, and with an eye
towards determining what aspects of them might be brought forward and
made useful to our present-day endeavors.

The reading load will be heavy.  Students will make at least one oral
presentation on a course reading, and will have the option of doing
either one research paper on an approved topic or two analytical
essays (selected from assigned topics) focusing on course readings.