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ANTH 332 Oral Tradition

An ethnographic perspective on the dynamics of oral tradition in various oral and literate cultures; the characteristics and roles of oral genres including folktale, genealogy, oral history, autobiography, and myth in these societies; and the relationship between orality and literacy.

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Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
ANTH 332 101Seminar2 Tue Thu9:3011:00

This course introduces students to oral traditions and folklore, and to the ways anthropologists and folklore scholars have studied and analyzed them. Students will be exposed to oral traditions from a variety of cultures, learn to recognize and collect them ethically, and gain an understanding of how oral tradition helps us comprehend social history and the construction of everyday life. The course will focus on ethnographic, folkloristic, linguistic, and performative approaches to oral tradition, as well as how oral traditions contribute to the creation, negotiation, and maintenance of historical and contemporary identities.