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Folklore Rules

Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies

Lynne S. McNeill
Copyright Date: 2013
Pages: 100
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    Folklore Rules
    Book Description:

    Folklore Rulesis a brief introduction to the foundational concepts in folklore studies for beginning students. Designed to give essential background on the current study of folklore and some of the basic concepts and questions used when analyzing folklore, this short, coherent, and approachable handbook is divided into five chapters: What Is Folklore?; What Do Folklorists Do?; Types of Folklore; Types of Folk Groups; and, finally, What Do I Do Now?Through these chapters students are guided toward a working understanding of the field, learn basic terms and techniques, and learn to perceive the knowledge base and discourse frame for materials used in folklore courses.Folklore Ruleswill appeal to instructors and students for a variety of courses, including introductory folklore and comparative studies as well as literature, anthropology, and composition classes that include a folklore component.

    eISBN: 978-0-87421-906-7
    Subjects: Sociology, Education

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. For the Instructor: Why You Want to Use This Book
    (pp. xiii-xviii)
  6. Chapter 1 What Is Folklore?
    (pp. 1-19)

    So, you’re in a folklore class. Good for you—whatever educational requirement this course is fulfilling for you, I guarantee you’ve picked the best possible way to fulfill it. Perhaps you’re in an Intro to Folklore course, or maybe you’re in a special-topics course: something like Folklore and Literature, Folklore and Film, Folklore and the Internet, or Children’s Folklore. No matter what course it is (and hey—maybe you’re not taking a folklore class at all. Maybe you’re not even a student, in which case, doubly good for you for reading this book when you don’t have to!), you’re going...

  7. Chapter 2 What Do Folklorists Do?
    (pp. 20-36)

    So, now you know what folklore is.¹ Pretty neat, huh? There’s one more basic question to answer, though, before we start getting into some examples of folklore, and that’s what, exactly, do folklorists do when they study folklore? Just as many people have a vague and often incomplete sense of what folklore is, many people are similarly unclear as to what the work of a folklorist entails. It’s important to know, though, especially if you decide to major in it and have to justify not getting a business degree to your family and friends.

    Let me speak from experience: It’s...

  8. Chapter 3 Types of Folklore
    (pp. 37-64)

    Here’s what this chapter won’t do: this chapter isn’t here to give you numerous examples of folklore in the sense of giving you stories to read, customs to try, beliefs to learn about, or anything like that. You can go Google that stuff if you’re interested in it, or hit the library and find an interesting collection of folklore to peruse. What this chapter is here to do is tell you about some of the main types of folklore that folklorists have studied and give you one or two cool examples of how each one has been approached or analyzed....

  9. Chapter 4 Types of Folk Groups
    (pp. 65-88)

    It may seem a bit arbitrary to pluck just a few random folk groups from the vast array of possibilities to talk about here, but too bad, because that’s what we’re going to do. There are some groups that folklorists have studied more than others, and it’s more likely that a student in a folklore class will have the opportunity to collect from some groups rather than others, and the examples here reflect those realities. In this chapter we’re going to look at folk groups based on work, age, beliefs, and interests, considering some of the main types of folklore...

  10. Conclusion: What Do I Do Now?
    (pp. 89-90)

    So, what should you do with your new understanding of folklore now that you’ve (almost) finished this book? Class assignments aside, the knowledge and skills of a folklorist are (perhaps surprisingly) quite useful in the real world, so let’s consider some ways in which you might use them.

    One thing that most students discover upon learning the ins and outs of folklore is that they start seeing it everywhere. Stuff that simply never caught your eye before will suddenly jump to the front of your attention and you’ll be going, “Hey—is that folklore?” This provides a great next step:...

  11. About the Author
    (pp. 91-92)
  12. Index
    (pp. 93-94)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 95-95)