Folklore | History of Folklore Study
F517 | 12637 | J. McDowell

In this proseminar we explore some of the key moments in the
evolution of folklore studies in order to acquire a feel for the
conceptual foundations of our discipline. The method in every case
is to appreciate the material within its own intellectual context,
and to adduce its essential contribution to our understanding of
folklore and how folklore arises and operates in society. The
arrangement of topics is roughly chronological, which allows for a
perception of the interactive qualities of intellectual history,
wherein one theory arises to address another theory.