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Modúl GA3052: An Traidisiún Béil

LEARNING OUTCOMES: The aim of this module is to give students an insight into the content, function and richness of the oral tradition, and into the use of Irish in the contemporary indigenous arts context. The student will be familiar with the specific characteristics of the Munster dialect following analysis of materials published by Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne (Folklore Projects) and other resource material from TG4, An tOireachtas Player and Raidió na Gaeltachta.  Student interest in exploring ways of promoting the oral tradition in their own localities will also be nurtured.  

SYLLABUS: Folklore as an academic field of study; the history of the study of folklore in Ireland; the collectors of the Folklore Commission of Ireland and their work; using the folklore archive; the oral tradition of the people; the Schools Collection as a resource for the local historian; calendar custom in contemporary Irish society; storytelling festivals; poetic dialogue; the role of An tOireachtas; current research in the field of folklore, the use of Irish in the context of indigenous arts; the role of TG4 in promoting folklore as a discipline and in supporting local initiatives; and authentic material: folklore as a resource for language development and cultural awareness; local folklore, cultural tourism and community development.