William R Seaburg
Examines oral traditions from around the world. The primary focus is on folktale, although the genres of myths, tales, personal experience narratives, and jokes may be explored. Introduces several theoretical approaches to analyzing the content, style, and structure of oral traditions.
This course will examine a wide range of oral traditions, including (but not limited to) American Indian, Palestinian Arab, European, and American. While a variety of genres will be explored (myths, folktales, fairy tales, personal experience narratives, and the like), the primary focus will be the folktale. The course will address several theoretical approaches to analyzing the content, style, and structure of oral traditional narratives. There will be quizes, research exercises, and a final research paper.
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