Folklore | INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE
F101 | 0318 | Johnson


The course will consist of five units, beginning with a short history of the
theories, schools, and methods of the field of folkloristics. The second
unit will explore some of the more common oral forms of folklore, such as
the folktale (including its most important American form, the joke), the
legend (including its most important American form, the urban folk legend),
the epic, the proverb, and the riddle. The third unit will briefly discuss
gestural forms of folklore, including hand gestures and folk dance. A fourth
unit will deal with some of the forms of material folklore, such as arts and
crafts, weaving, and folk costumes. Mention will also be made at this point
of some of the  more peripheral forms of folklore, such as graffiti
(including latrinalia) and xeroxalia. Customary folklore will be included in
the fifth and final unit. Main topics to be covered here are folk festivals
and folk gaming. The course will conclude with a lecture on the total effect
of all these forms on society, including discussions of the important term
weltanschauung (worldview).

Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
requirement.