Folklore | Folk Tales & Other Narratives
F545 | 16491 | --

Fulfills Form, Theory

The study of oral narrative has been central to the field of
folklore for at least two centuries.  We shall soon be celebrating
the bicentennial of the 1812 publication of the Household Tales of
the Brothers Grimm.  This course on Folktales and Other Narratives
is designed to examine, affirm, and find new applications for the
theories and analytical practices associated with folk narratives.
More specifically, the course will have three objectives: 1) to
review the primary theories, concepts, and methodologies that have
served the study of folk narrative (from tale-type to
intertextuality); 2) to examine some classic collections of folk
narrative (folktales, legends, fables, and personal narratives) with
an eye toward applying these theories and methods in the analysis of
sample texts; and 3) to undertake new research that incorporates,
builds upon, and expands this foundation in past theories,
approaches, and material and demonstrates the ongoing relevance of
this analytical background to new questions posed in original case

The first two objectives will occupy the first fairly intense half
of the course, and the third objective—the application and expansion
of theories and concepts in original research will occupy the period
after mid-term.  Students will be expected to complete a working
first draft of their seminar papers soon after mid-term and to work
collectively with other seminar members to develop individual papers
that draw effectively upon past theories and research and contribute
new analytical insights or persuasive new applications in the field
of folk narrative research.