Traditional Literature & Oral Narration: Fall 2013


Nyla Fujii-Babb


University of Hawaii


Fall 2013


This course does not intend to make the student into a folklorist, rather it will introduce the student to notable works, names, and theories in the field of folklore study as a means of assisting the student to create a criteria for selecting superior as opposed to inferior translations and re-tellings of folklore for inclusion in a basic collection.

The course will introduce students to basic reference sources in this field, including several on Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

This course will provide an introduction to the early traditions of oral narration (storytelling) around the world with special emphasis on the history of storytelling in libraries to provide the student with justifications for the inclusion of the art of storytelling in the school curriculum and
in the program planning of public libraries.

The course will provide practical methodology for selecting, learning, and telling a story for classroom or public library performance.

This course will also examine some issues in storytelling such as copyright, public domain of material, cultural and ethnic sensitivity in adapting works from folklore, and other issues engendered from the student’s readings.

Required Textbook:

Greene, E., Negro, J. D. 2010. Storytelling, Art & Technique, 4th ed.
Yolen, J. 2000. Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood.

Link to Syllabus:


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