Folkloristika ainekursused inglise keeles 2013-2014. õppeaastal
FLKU.04.113 Ancient Greek and Roman Folklore (3 ECTS)
Camilla Benita Asplund Ingemark, Dominic Ingemark; September 2013; Ülikooli 16-214/212
The course provides an introduction to Ancient Greek and Roman folklore, with a primary emphasis on folk narrative, and a secondary one on folk belief and Ancient world views. The narratives preserved in Greek and Latin literature give us an insight into the social norms of Ancient societies, and the views on marriage, sexuality and reproduction, in short: family values. Other narratives highlight beliefs surrounding death and burial, or constitute wondrous stories of distant lands and peoples, stories that above all show how Greeks and Romans perceived themselves.
FLKU.04.114 Folk Humor: Structure, Communication, and Aesthetics (3 ECTS)
Elliot Oring; October 2013; Ülikooli 16-212/214/215
What makes a text humorous? If humor is not serious, can it communicate a serious message? If a joke is both brief and ephemeral, can it relate to a larger world of artistic expression? These are some of the questions addressed in this seminar. In the first session, an attempt is made to define and analyze humorous texts - primarily jokes - and to suggest how understanding the structure of humor can lead to its interpretation. The second session raises the question of what humor communicates. At one level, humorous statements may be negotiated into seriousness; but many humorous expressions have serious import without being explicitly transformed into serious messages. The last session deals with the aesthetics of humor at both the level of text and performance and raises questions about how humor relates to the broader world of art.
FLKU.04.111 Folklore: Textualization and Textology (3 ECTS)
Jonathan Roper; October-December 2013; Ülikooli 16 - 209
Folklore: Textualization and Textology. Historically, one of the main tasks of folklorists (and those in allied trades) has been to transpose oral forms into writing and print. This course takes this task as its focus.
FLKU.04.112 Women's folklore of India (3 ECTS)
Neelakshi Goswami; September-November 2013; Ülikooli 16-215
Towards a feminist appraisal of folk narratives
Folk narratives can be studied under the ambit of verbal art. By verbal art we mostly mean folk tales, folk songs, proverbs, riddles and jokes. Another important addition of recent times is 'personal experience narratives that take into account the personal experience of the narrator regarding society, community, family and the self. This latest addition can largely be attributed to contemporary approach to folklore studies in recent times that have diverted its attention from 'the lore to the folk'. Women are also being perceived as important tradition bearers in contemporary folklore scholarship. Apparently, folk narratives can be women oriented in two ways, it can either be narratives centered on women or narrated by women.
One of the most important points of attention on the evolution of a feminist perspective is how women organize the narration of experience, which is a reflection on aesthetics involved.
FLKU.04.118 Exploring new heritage: Online family history and memories of migration (2 ECTS)
Tiiu Jaago, Ene Kõresaar, Anne Heimo; February-March 2014; Ülikooli 20-319
The main question of the course is about thetranformation of the notion of cultural heritage in the context of changing society and forms of tradition. The course focuses on two aspects: migration and globalisation on the one hand, and the development of communication technologies on the other hand. Th case studies representing the tranforming meanings of cultural heritage are Finnish-Australian migration stories and family histories in internet.
FLKU.04.120 Vernacular Religion and Alternative Spirituality: Space, Place and Experience (3 ECTS)
Marion Bowman; April-May 2014; Ülikooli 16-214/215
This course examines vernacular religion and contemporary spirituality through a series of fieldwork based case studies. It will examine definitions and models of folk religion, vernacular religion, official religion and alternative spirituality through examples of sacred spaces being created, reclaimed, or reframed; through traditional and emergent forms of pilgrimage; through material aspects and contemporary commodification of religion; through expressions of mourning and contemporary vernacular belief and praxis in relation to death. Recurring themes will be materiality, continuity and change, the importance of context, the relationship between vernacular religion and alternative spirituality.