Folkloristika ainekursused inglise keeles 2012-2013. õppeaastal
FLKU.04.104 International folkloristics (6 ECTS)
Dr. Jonathan Roper, Prof. Ülo Valk; February-May 2013; Ülikooli 16-214
The course introduces the theoretical foundations of and contemporary trends within international folkloristics and develops professional expressive skills, including academic writing. During the course students get to know the basic concepts of folkloristics and learn to apply them in theoretical discussions about empirical data. The following areas will be covered: analytic perspectives and concepts; genres and communicative media; folklore as action and cultural performance (customs, rituals, etc.), folk religion and world view. Required readings include classics of late 20th century folkloristics (e.g. A. Dundes, L. Honko, M. Lüthi) and contemporary scholarship (e.g. R. Bauman, D. Kapchan, E. Oring).
FLKU.04.107 Healthcare, healers and healing: vernacular practices in New Age settings (3 ECTS)
Dr. Judit Kis-Halas; April-May 2013; Ülikooli 16-215
FLKU.05.212 Northern European Verse Epics (3 ECTS)
Dr. Lauri Pilter; Februart-May 2013; Ülikooli 16-102
The course will give the basic and deepened knowledge of the verse epic tradition in Northern European (Germanic, Slavic, Finno-Ugric) cultures and an awareness of its transformations on the basis of the triple division of epic creativity: the oral epic tradition, tradition-oriented epics and literary epics. In the lectures, classical Germanic and Finno-Ugric verse epic works are introduced, with their plots, motifs and verse structures viewed and analysed on a broader mythic background. The emphasis of the lectures lies on the questions of the textualisation of oral epic tradition and thus on the process of epic creativity that connects folk songs with literary epic works. The interpretations of these topics in the crucial critical texts are dealt with. The seminars consist of presentations analysing verse narratives or epic traditions associable with Northern Europe, from a culture or a period of the student's own choice.
FLKU.04.103 Cultures of Indigenous Peoples of India (3 ECTS)
Dr. Rabindranath Sarma (Central University of Jharkhand, India); September-October 2012; Ülikooli 16-215
FLKU.04.106 Witches, Healers, Magicians. Vernacular Magic and Healing in Early Modern Europe (3 ECTS)
Dr. Judit Kis-Halas; November-December 2012; Ülikooli 16-215
The course highlights on a particular section of Early Modern mentalities: the interconnections between witchcraft and healing. The thorough examination of various historical sources, such as witch trial records, sermons, medical and demonological literature provides insight into the possible workings of the early modern magic market: the activity of soothsayers, diviners, healers, treasure hunters, witch-doctors, and their clienteele. During the course a rich source material is explored, stemming mostly from Central Europe, however each case study is embedded a larger, Europen histrorical and social context. It enables us to trace the role of the sacred/magic dimensions of healing; to survay the scope of different supernatural explanations of illness and fate; to place magical specialits within the frame of the vernacular religion of early modern times, as well as specify their function in the communal network of witchcraft.
FLKU.04.063 Critical Analysis of Folkloristic Texts (3 ECTS)
Prof. Ülo Valk; September-December 2012; Ülikooli 16-215
FLKU.04.066 Course on Folklore Theory: 'Alliterative Traditions' (3 ECTS)
Dr. Jonathan Roper; September-November 2012; Ülikooli 16-208
Alliteration, the repeating of initial sounds, is a common phenomenon in languages including English and Estonian, especially in verbal art. This course examines alliteration as a key element in a range of verbal art old and new, and from near and far, such as Beowulf and Kalevala-metric verse, proverbial comparisons, the names of characters in children’s literature, and tabloid newspaper headlines. An excellent standard of English is required by students wishing to take this course.