165_2020_01.pptx - The Study of Folklore AN INTRODUCTION Today\u2019s class Welcome Reminder class recordings are for student use only It is not allowed to

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The Study of Folklore AN INTRODUCTION
Today’s class Welcome Reminder: class recordings are for student use only. It is not allowed to share these on the web or any other method. Poll 1 What is folklore? (breakout rooms) What is folklore? Discussion and lecture How would you study folklore? (breakout rooms) Summary discussion Why study folklore? Motivations Poll 2 Looking forward History of folklore study in Scandinavia Dealing with bias in folklore collections
Poll 1
What is folklore? Folklorists are still debating the term Term first proposed in 1846, by William Thoms: "the Lore of the People…[comprising] the manners, customs, observances, superstitions, ballads, proverbs, etc. of the olden time.”
Idea of cultural evolution Andrew Lang (1884): There is a form of study, Folklore, which collects and compares the similar but immaterial relics of old races, the surviving superstitions and stories, the ideas which are in our time but not of it. Properly speaking, folklore is only concerned with the legends, customs, beliefs, of the Folk, of the people, of the classes, which have least been altered by education, which have shared least in progress. But the student of folklore soon finds that these unprogressive classes retain many of the beliefs and ways of savages…

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