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ERIC Number: ED119186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 173
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The Humorous Oral Folktale in West Central Georgia: Implications for Its Use in the Secondary School American Literature Program.
Colmant, Berta Boyce
The thesis of this study is that the secondary school American literature curriculum in a particular region should include the cultural heritage of that region as reflected in its oral literature. In this study, aspects of the growth of a distinctive American humor are traced from colonial times to the present along the eastern seaboard, with particular emphasis on the deep South. Fifty-two humorous oral folktales have been gathered for this study from various Negro and Caucasian talespinners living within or adjacent to the West Central Georgia region of the South. Twelve principles are set forth to guide the secondary English teacher in the appropriate selection and use of humorous folktales. One principle suggests using folktales as a unit of study. Three discuss their use as a basis for studying dialectal differences, semantics, and acceptable behavior. Two stress teacher awareness of censorship problems and student attitudes. Three relate the tales to old Southwestern humor, to local color utilized by Georgia and Alabama writers, and to folklore found in commonly used anthologies. Three principles suggest further search for folk humor, other folklore, and lore from other regions. (Author/RB)
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia