Folklore | Introduction to Folklore
F101 | 0325 | 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.