Guntis I. Smidchens
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 C LIT 331.
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%