Scand/CompLit 230: Introduction to Folklore Studies
Autumn Quarter 2015
Class meets Monday thru Friday, 11:30-12:20 pm, Kane Hall 110 Class website: (see link in your MyUW account)
Instructor: Guntis Šmidchens, office hours: daily 12:30-1:00, and by appointment; Office: Raitt Hall 305 V; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: (206) 616-5224
Folklore (traditional stories, beliefs, songs, customs, and material culture) is a rich resource for remembering and understanding people and their worldviews. This course will survey genres of folklore: Folktales, legends and oral poetry, as a window into the lives of the people who perform them. A variety of theories and methods applied in folklore studies during the past two centuries will be introduced in readings and lectures.
- Learn “classic” folklore examples: variants of legends, folktales and songs in Northern Europe & America
- Learn methods of collecting & analyzing folklore, with particular attention to folkloristics in North Europe
- Do folklore studies: Collect, describe and interpret items of folklore from oral tradition
- practice folkloristic methods of rigorously observing, describing & understanding living humans!
- See UW grading guidelines at [Link]. What grade do you plan to get?
- Class discussion of assigned readings (face-to-face and online) 10%
- Four exams on reading assignments and lectures, 50%
- Three ethnographic (folklore collection) projects and portfolio: 30%
- Peer review of classmates’ ethnographic projects 10%
- Henry Glassie, All Silver and No Brass (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1975)
- Lynne S. McNeill, Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies. Utah State University Press, 2013 [e-book in the UW Library]
- Additional required readings include websites and selected articles as listed in Lecture schedule