12/1 Mythic Meaning: Collegelore
-Jan Brunvand, "Sex in the Classroom," Journal of American Folklore 73 (1960), 250-51.
-anecdote about a professor who during a lecture described an islands where the females, not the
men, make the proposals of
11/19 Mythic Meaning and the Gods
-Claude Lvi-Strauss, "The Structural Study of Myth," Journal of American Folklore 68 (1955),
o Meaning of myth in comb of elements
o Language in myth unveils special properties
o Properties more complex
-Jan Brunvand, The Study of American Folklore, chap. 8 ["Myths and Motifs"]
Jan Brunvand, The Study of American Folklore, Chapter 8: "Myths and Motifs"
Myths: traditional prose narratives, considered among the society in which theyr
11/12 Folktales and the Social Context
Multiforms of Snow White and Cinderella (CFT 74-134)
Multiforms of Snow White
Walt Disneys version of Snow White warped the various multiforms
But despite the various forms, there is a core story (Steven
11/10 Folktales and Narrative Form
-Jan Brunvand, The Study of American Folklore, chap. 10 ["Folktales"]
Although its hard to find one term to describe the ordinary folktale, these folktales
share some characteristics
11/3 The Epic and the Parry-Lord Contribution
-Lord, The Singer of Tales, vii-xxiv, 3-138.
Lord, The Singer of Tales, 3-75.
Sorry its so long! I really tried to make it as short as possible. Anything italicized was greatly
emphasized in the boo
10/29 The Heroic Legend
-Orrin E. Klapp, "The Folk Hero," Journal of American Folklore 62 (1949), 17-25.
This article sets out to answer the questions: Is there a universal folk hero? In order to do so, he
looks at common features of folk heroe
10/27 Migratory and Urban Legends
-Jan Brunvand, The Study of American Folklore, chap. 9 ["Legends and Anecdotes"]
General Defining Characteristics of Legends
Category of traditional prose narrative
Like myths: regarded as true, but based on tr
11/24 "Dance for a Chicken: Cajun Mardi Gras" (dir. Pat Mire)
This film portrays the Mardi Gras carnival celebrations in rural communities of southwest
Louisiana. Members of the community (mostly men, but some women as well) put on costumes