Irish Folklore


This module introduces learners to a selection of major texts published by some of the most influential scholars of Irish folklore since the early nineteenth century, giving an opportunity to discuss various folkloric themes and the issue of cultural continuity versus innovation and change. The historical, ideological and social contexts of the selected texts are analysed, thus giving learners an appreciation of how folklore emerged as an academic discipline and developed in Ireland. The module reinforces learners’ training in the conventions of academic research and writing, and gives them an opportunity to use a variety of sources in order to research a local folklore topic of interest to them.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the major historical, ideological and social forces that have influenced the development of Irish folklore research

  2. Discuss the motivations, work and impact of key writers in the field of Irish folklore since the early 19th century

  3. Research a local folklore topic using a variety of suitable source types including scholarly publications, archival material from the National Folklore Collection and, where possible, primary interviews

  4. Present research and analysis using established conventions of academic writing

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