Folklore | Storytelling, Cultural Framing, & Reading Folklore
F734 | 25653 | S. Dolby

Above class meets at 501 N. Park.

Fulfills: Theory & Form

From the time of the Grimms up to the present, oral stories have
been viewed as potential written texts and thus as stories to
be “read” using the cultural frame shared by collector/transcribers
and their readers.  The process of reading such texts has become
increasingly complicated, involving expanded notions of cultural
frames and greater sensitivity to the effects of intended or actual
audience.  In this course, we shall examine some classic collections
of tales, some media-based adaptations, and some ethnographic
studies of oral narrative with an aim toward understanding the
process of reading that engages those (including ourselves) who
experience the presentation of these stories.  In the process of
unpacking these texts, we shall consider especially the
manipulations of story and cultural frame that serve the aims of
cultural monitors, such as elementary school teachers or festival
producers.  The course includes theoretical and methodological
perspectives from the combined field of folklore and literature as
well as related concerns of cultural politics and education.

Requirements of the course include two or three oral reports on
secondary research, active participation in class discussion, and a
research paper on an approved topic.