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Guntis I. Smidchens
C LIT 331
Seattle Campus

Folk Narrative

Survey of various genres of folk narratives studied in performance contexts to reveal their socio-cultural functions in a variety of milieux. Theory and history of folk narrative study, taxonomy, genre classification, and interpretative approaches. Recommended: either SCAND 230 or C LIT 230. Offered: jointly with SCAND 331.

Class description

Folk narratives (folktales, legends and jokes) are a window into a group's worldview. This course will survey the theory and history of folk narrative study, methods of classification, and interpretative approaches. (No required prerequisites for this course)

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Class assignments and grading

Two research papers (4-6 pages each): 50% Quizzes, Class Discussion: 25% Final Examination: 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Guntis I. Smidchens
Date: 06/18/2002