UGC NET Exam Syllabus 2021 for Folk Literature

Check out for UGC NET New Syllabus for Folk Literature for 2021 – UGC NET is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of UGC for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor both in Indian Universities and Colleges. This page includes new syllabus for NTA UGC NET 2021  Folk Literature exam

The Test will consist of two papers. Both the papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be attempted with a break of 30 minutes between them.

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Paper I will have 50 question for 2 marks each – The questions will be generic in nature, intending to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.

Paper II will consist of 100 questions each carries 2 marks – the question will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. All the questions of Paper–II will be compulsory

NET Syllabus for Folk Literature

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Unit 1 – Folklore: Definition, Concept and Classification

Who are the Folk? – Concepts of Folklife and Folkloristics – Ethnicity – Family types – Natal, Conjugal, Nuclear, Extended (Generational and Polyandrous) – Types of relationships in Family – direct, shared, sexual and descent – Functions of Family – Kinship Terminology: Types of Kinship, Role of Kinship – Social Categories and Social Organization in the creation, transmission and sustenance of Folklore / Folklife.

Conceptual shift from ‘Popular Antiquities’ to ‘Folklore’ – Genres and Functions of Folklore: Ethnic Genres and Analytical Categories – Classification of Folklore: Verbal, Nonverbal and Intermediary Genres – Genre Theory: Alan Dundes, Richard Dorson, Ben Amos, Richard Bauman, Roger Abrahams – Functions of Folklore: William Bascom, Louri Honko – Characteristics of Folklore.

Unit 2 – Historiography of Folkloristics

Folk, from ‘Savage’ to ‘Imagined Group’ – Folklore as Data and Folklore as Study – Oracy Vs. Literacy – Classical Vs. Folk – Emergence of Folklore as an Academic Discipline – Folklore Studies in Abroad – Folklore Studies in India – Subaltern Studies – Tribal Studies – Diaspora Studies – Green Studies.

Unit 3 – Folk Literature

Definition and Epistemology of Folk Literature – Fields of Folk Literature: Myths, Epics, Legends, Folk Tales, Folk Songs, Proverbs, Riddles, Tongue Twisters, Speech Acts – Verbal Art in Performances (Theatre, Dance Drama, Medicinal Chants, Verbose in Play Genres, etc.) – Literary Devices – Ethnic Slurs, Rumor, Personal Narratives – Oral History.

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Unit 4 – Theories of Folklore – I : Diachronic Approaches

Evolutionary Theories – Concept of Evolution – Unilinear and Multilinear Approaches – E.B. Tylor, George Mudrock, Lewis Morgan, James Frazer – MythRitual Theory – Solar Mythology or Comparative Philology.

Devolutionary Theories – Concept of Devolution – Types of Devolutionary Theories – Marxists and Elitists

Diffusion Theories (Monogenesis) – Concept of Diffusion – Indianist Theory or Benfy’s Migration Theory – Egyptians School and Finnish School or Historical Geographic Method.

Diffusion Theories (Polygenesis) – Psychic Unity – Convergence Vs. Parallelism Theories – Romantic Nationalism and its Manifestations.

Unit 5 – Theories of Folklore – II: Synchronic Approaches

Structural Approaches – Basic concepts – Syntagmatic Structuralism – Concepts of Ferdinand de Saussure and Theory of Vladimir Propp –– Application of Proppian Model to Folklore – Paradigmatic Structuralism – Concepts of Roman Jacobson and Theory of Claude Levi-Strauss – Application of Straussian Model to Folklore.

Functional Approaches – Basic Concepts – Social Functionalists: Bronislaw Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, Emile Durkheim – Symbolic Functionalists: Clifford Geertz, Victor Turner.

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Psychological Approaches – Psychoanalysis – Basic Concepts – Sigmund Freud – Freud’s Theoretical applications to Folklore – Analytical Psychology – Basic Concepts – Carl J. Jung – Jung’s Theoretical Applications to Folklore – Jacques Lacan’s Theory.

Contextual Approaches – Basic Concepts – Verbal Art as Performance – Linguistic and Communicative Models of Roman Jacobson – Oral Formulaic Theory or ParryLord Theory – Lauri Honko’s concept of ‘Multiforms’.

Poststructural and Postmodern Approaches – Meaning and Tenets of Poststructuralism, New Hermeneutics, Text, Textuality, Textual Analysis – Paul Ricoeur and Theories of Interpretation – Historical Milieu of the Theories – Concept and Theory of Deconstruction – Derrida, Lacan, Foucault – Gender Theories and  Approaches – Gender and Genre – Feminism and Gender Perspectives – Queer Theory.

Semiotic Approaches – Semiotic Approach to Folk Culture Studies – Ferdinand de Saussure and Charles S. Pierce on Sign System and Culture – Perspectives on Discourse Analysis.

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