FOLK 213 601 Folklore and Literature
Lecturer: Thursday 5:30-9:40 PM
This course regards the field of literature and folklore as one
world: a single domain comprising innumerable, diverse systems.
Whether people use writing or not, they compose and perform stories,
rhymes, and plays. Why then are literature and folklore regarded
as separate? One set of questions asked in the course focuses
on the genres, performance, publication, and artists of several
societies, both literate and non-literate. Another set of questions
examines the ways that well-known literary artists use folklore
and thus take part in folk tradition. In cross-cultural perspective,
the course analyzes how literary canons are formed and reinforced.
how literary judgments are made by audiences and critics, and
whether the concepts of Western criticism can be applied to the
verbal art of non-Western peoples. Along with literary texts,
reading include critical and folkloristic commentary and anthropological
information on the nature of the poetic, the role of the artist,
and the social constraints on literary production and performance.
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