* SLA 301
Explores Russian oral traditions and oral literary genres in English translation:Traditional life-cycle and seasonal rituals and songs associated with them; superstitions, charms, oral narrative poetry (byliny) and prose (skazki); chastushki, jokes; present-day popular culture; and relationships between folklore and literature. Focus on the role and meaning of Russian folklore as expressive culture and how it informs contemporary society.
Sample reading list:
Natalie Kononenko, Slavic Folklore: A Handbook
Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby, Village Values: Urban Russian Life-Cycle Rituals
Roberta Reeder ed,, Russian Folk Lyrics
Jack V. Haney, An Introduction to the Russian Folktale
Jack V. Haney, An Anthology of Russian Folktales
James Bailey & Tatyana Ivanova, Russian Folk Epics
100-125 pages of reading per week. Two 5 page papers and one 12-15 page paper.
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
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