Folklore | Introduction to Folklore
F101 | 7182 | S. Dolby


Fulfills COLL Arts & Humanities, Traditions & Ideas

This course serves as an introduction to some of the materials and
ideas important in the study of folklore throughout the world.
Obviously we cannot cover everything, but you will encounter some
fun, exciting, profound, entertaining, moving, and always
interesting stuff—the stories, songs, beliefs, sayings, practices,
and objects often overlooked in other studies of the human face of
the world.  As you complete the readings and assignments of the
course, you will gain understanding about 1) how people learn, use,
and sometimes challenge their own culture, 2) how folklore has
played and continues to play a role in interactions among people, 3)
how fieldwork and analysis are used as research tools, and 4) how
the process of ethnographic research—interviewing people and
analyzing their folklore—brings personal insights into the human
condition.

Format of course:  2 lectures and one discussion session per week.

Requirements:  Assignments made in discussion sections; an original
field project following guidelines for this course; a midterm exam;
and a final exam.  Please note that the midterm, the final exam, and
the field project are required if you expect to receive credit for
the course.

Readings:  Required articles will be available online.  Books
ordered for the course include One Potato, Two Potato (children’s
folklore), Jan Brunvand’s Vanishing Hitchhiker (urban legends),
George Webbe Dasent’s East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon
(Norwegian fairytales), and Growing Up Amish: The Teenage Years, by
Richard Stevick.