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C LIT 331 A: Folk Narrative

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 1:30pm - 2:20pm
MGH 234
Guntis Smidchens

Syllabus Description:

Scand 331 / CompLit 331: Folk Narrative

Monday through Friday, 1:30-2:20

Instructor: Guntis Smidchens,

Course Description 

Folk narratives (folktales and legends) are a window into a group's worldview.  This course will study folk narrative from Northern Europe, with some consideration of storytelling traditions in other parts of Europe and the world. Students will encounter the history and theory of folk narrative study, methods of classification, and interpretative approaches.

Course Objectives

  • Learn some “classic” examples of folktales and legends  
  • Learn to use the tools of international comparative narrative studies
  • Learn and critique some classic analyses of folk narrative.
  • Do folklore studies: Annotate and interpret two traditional texts: a folktale and a legend.

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Catalog Description: 
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. Offered: jointly with SCAND 331.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Elective
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:12pm