RELS108 - INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the subjects of the discipline of Folklore, their occurrence in social life, and the scholarly analysis of their use in culture. As a discipline, folklore explores the manifestations of expressive forms in both traditional & modern societies, in small-scale groups where people interface with each face-to-face, and in large-scale, often industrical societies, in which the themes, symbols, and forms that permeate traditional life, occupy new positions, or occur in different occasions in everyday life. For some of you, the distinction will not be helpful. In traditional societies, and within all groups that define themselves ethnically, professionally, or culturally, within modern heterogenous societies in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, folklore plays a more prominent role in society than it appears to play in literate cultures on the same continents. Consequently, the study of folklore and the analysis of its forms are appropriate in traditional as well as modern societies, and in any society that is in a transitional phase.
Section 401 - LEC
TR 0130PM-0300PM
BEN-AMOS, DAN