Folklore | INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE
F101 | 1292 | El-Shamy


The purpose of this course is to present the discipline of lore and the
study of its fields to beginners, especially freshmen.  A broad spectrum
of topics in folklore and folklife is presented; these include:  the
relationship between lore and culture; who are the folk?; and how lore
affects modern life.  Genres and fields of folklore such as proverbs, folk
poetry, the folk narrative, folk architecture, and folk healing are
described.  Examples from various cultures throughout the world are given.
Major folklore theories are outlined and applied to selected genres to
clarify such issues as the historical, functional, structural,
educational, and psychological significance of lore.

Textbooks:
R. M. Dorson, ed., Folklore and Folklife:  An Introduction.
One volume from the "Folktales of the World Series," U. of Chicago Press
(e.g., El-Shamy, Folktales of Egypt, Ranke, Folktales of Germany).

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