LIBR 522J (1)

FOLKLORE AND STORYTELLING

Offered on an irregular basis

PREREQUISITES:

MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of MLIS Core or permission of SLAIS Graduate Advisor

MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOAL: To examine the presence and nature of folklore in children’s literature. To learn methods of selecting, adapting, evaluating and performing traditional folktales, primarily for children and adolescents.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course students will:

  • Recognize folklore that is present in children’s literature.
  • Demonstrate the basic skills and techniques for storytelling in library, school and community programs.
  • Be knowledgeable about folklore and storytelling resources.
  • Possess a breadth of knowledge about common folktale genres, themes and motifs.
  • Be familiar with different schools of criticism about folktales.

CONTENT:

  • Historical overview of folklore in children’s literature
  • Storytelling resources
  • Selection and adaptation of folklore for different age groups
  • Storytelling practice, performance and evaluation
  • Critical theory and controversial issues