University of Notre Dame

Introduction to Irish Folklore

This course will discuss the 19th century concept of folklore and its application to Ireland, where it was largely framed by the cultural nationalist Gaelic Revival. Irish folklore has conventionally been understood in terms of three main and related domains: “oral narrative,” ideologically the most important, “folk custom and belief,” and “folk life,” in practice most often the documentation of material folk culture. Each of these will be examined and problematized in turn.

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