Oral traditions, especially storytelling, may include aspects of entertainment, but they are art forms and a disciplinary study. This introductory course will integrate information from various disciplines and include topics that contribute to and are related to the general field of oral traditions. The course examines four broad genres of oral traditions: proverbs, riddles, verse, stories. For each of these four genres, the course covers three approaches: 1) How to collect/observe the genre, 2) How to analyze examples of the genre, 3) How to apply the genre in ways that benefit the community. Each student will select a community/area to study during this course. The student will study proverbs, verse, and stories in the area of their choice and write a paper about each. At the end of the course, each student will integrate these papers into one longer paper, this paper will include at least two suggested ways to apply the community’s oral arts in a way that benefits the community.
Course DetailsLevel: Master's Level
Credit hours: 3
Term(s) course is offered: Fall
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