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11.13 Folklore

Folklore 1000 (or 2000) is the prerequisite for all other courses in Folklore, except 1050, 1060 and those courses cross-listed with other subject areas.


Introduction to Folklore

is the role that tradition plays in communication, art and society will be discussed through an examination of folklore materials from Newfoundland and the English-speaking world. Readings and "listenings" will emphasize the use of folklore in context, e.g., the proverb in speech and the folksong in childrearing. Students will be urged to analyze the traditions in their own lives through special assignments.

Lectures: Three hours per week.


A student may not receive credit for both Folklore 1000 and 2000.


Folklore Studies

is an examination of specific folklore studies illustrating important themes and approaches in folkloristics. These will include antiquarian, nationalistic, diffusionist, historic-contextual, functional, structural, and performance analyses as typified in selected readings from the works of leading folklorists.


There is no prerequisite for this course. However, students should note that they will need to take Folklore 1000 (or 2000) before they can advance to other courses.


Folklore Research Methods - An Introduction

is designed to provide the basic introduction to the research resources, tools and methods regularly employed in the area of Folklore. On the one hand, the course will examine what types of Library and Archive resources can be useful to the folklorist and, on the other hand, it will explore how folklorists in fieldwork situations should handle people, and how they can capture for posterity a record of the interviews that they have conducted and the events that they have observed.


It is strongly recommended that majors and minors take this course before taking 3000 and 4000 level courses.


Newfoundland Society and Culture

(same as Sociology/Anthropology 2230) is the Sociology and Anthropology of the Island of Newfoundland. The focus is on social and cultural aspects of contemporary island Newfoundland.


Newfoundland Folklore

(same as Anthropology 2300) is survey of the various types of Folklore: tale, song, rhyme, riddle, proverb, belief, custom, childlore and others, with stress on their function in the Newfoundland community culture. Individual collection and analysis of materials from the students' home communities, supplemented by data from the this University's Folklore and Language Archive.

Prerequisite: Folklore 1000 or 2000, or Anthropology 1031.


Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 2300 and the former Folklore 3420.


Folklife Studies

is an examination of the traditional cultures of Europe and North America with special reference to Newfoundland. A selection of the following areas will be covered: settlement patterns, architecture, work and leisure patterns in the folk community, calendar customs, rites of passage, folk religion, folk medicine, language and folk culture, folk costume, foodways and folk art.


Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 2401 and the former Folklore 3500.


Folk Literature

(same as Anthropology 2500) is an examination of the major genres of folk literature: folk narrative, folk poetry and song, folk drama, and the traditional generic forms within folk speech. An introduction to the textual, comparative and contextual methods of analysis. The literature discussed will be international in scope.

Prerequisite: Folklore 1000 or 2000, or Anthropology 1031.


Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 2500 and any of the former Folklore 3400, English 3400, Sociology/Anthropology 3400.


Regional Folklore

is an examination of human-environment relationships as expressed in traditional culture. Emphasis will be placed upon the history of regional folkloristics as well as the theories and methods of studying folklore from a regional perspective.

Prerequisite: Folklore 1000 or 2000 or instructor's permission.


Greek and Roman Mythology

(same as Classics 3130)



is an introduction to the full range of traditional verse, song and music. Stress primarily on the songs of Canada, the United States and the British Isles, with attention to Newfoundland parallels. Examination of traditional vocal and instrumental styles as well as verse forms. Some reference to non-Western musical traditions. A knowledge of music is not a prerequisite.


Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 3200 and the former Folklore 2430.


Folk Drama

is a survey of the main forms of traditional drama found in Great Britain and North America with reference to related European and non-western traditions. The origins, history and regional variations of these forms will be considered together with questions of social function, performance and aesthetics. The history of research in the area of folk drama will be examined along with related methodological and theoretical issues.


Special Topic in Folklore


Folklore and Education

is intended to familiarize students with the function of Folklore in the educational process. Emphasis will be on cultural transmission, cultural learning and child training practices (including mechanisms of social control.) The relationship of formal to informal education will be examined with particular reference to Newfoundland.


Credit may not be obtained for Folklore 3920 and either the former Folklore 3030 or Folklore 4475.


Folklore of Canada

is an examination of a variety of Canadian folklore from historical, geographical and cultural perspectives. Emphasis will be placed upon the application of theories of Canadian culture to folklore studies. Questions of the role of folklore and folklife with respect to identity, ethnicity, multiculturalism, national literature, regionalism and similar issues will be considered.


Credit may not be obtained for both Folklore 4300 and the former Folklore 1020.


Music and Culture

(same as Anthropology 4440 and Music 4440) is traditional music as an aspect of human behaviour in Western and non-European cultures. Examination of the functions and uses of music; folk-popular-art music distinctions; and the relation of style to content. Outside reading, class exercises and individual reports will be required.