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jadah
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(11/6/06 6:16 pm)

Grad school (yes, another question)
I have already read what was archived on this subject and it was extremely helpful. I am very early in my grad school process. I was wondering if some one could explain the difference between the different degrees: Folklore, Comparitive Literature, and Children's Literature. I'm interested in studying fairy tales (Obviously). Does one degree have a better chance of employment? (I hate that I even have to consider that.) Thanks for your help.

kristiw
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(11/7/06 7:57 am)


Re: Grad school (yes, another question)
I'm a Folklore grad student at Indiana University, and (correct me if I am wrong, Lit students) but I would think Folklore now focuses more on the human environment of fairy tales than the fairy tale texts. There's a great deal of emphasis on context, production and reception, reflexivity, all that good stuff, and less done with motif indexes these days. It's possible to work just with written/literary texts, but (IMO) Folklorists would be more critical of that than Children's or Comparative Literature scholars. Of course it also matters who you want to study with-- Jack Zipes, Maria Tatar, Donald Haase, Ruth Bottigheimer, and Christina Bacchilega, off the top of my head, are all in English, Lit, or Germanic Studies. Not that there isn't a lot of communication; most of them were at the American Folklore Society meeting talking about fairy tales there. So, what kind of texts do you want to study and from what angle?

Writerpatrick
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(11/7/06 10:03 am)

employment
On the subject of jobs, this doesn't sound like the sort of course one takes to get a job, aside from the usual outlet of teacher. This sounds like the sort of course one would take if they expect to write folklore or to do a socialogical study of it. In other words, expect to create your own job.

Veronica Schanoes
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(11/7/06 2:35 pm)
Re: employment
It depends on what you mean by jobs. Most PhD programs exist more or less to perpetuate academia; they're essentially pre-professional programs for people who wish to become college professors. If that is your goal, you need to be aware that there are far fewer folklore programs/departments than, say English departments, so job prospects will be commensurately smaller. On the other hand, you'll have less competition for what jobs there are.

If you're thinking about job prospects outside of academia, all humanities PhDs are equally useful/less.

Hey, kristi, I have a friend interested in Indiana's folklore program--would you be at all interested in letting her talk to you? I know that this is a busy time of year, so if it's too much, please don't hesitate to say no.

Edited by: Veronica Schanoes at: 11/7/06 2:37 pm
kristiw
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(11/7/06 7:16 pm)

Re: employment
To weigh in on the employability question, I've also had people tell me to just worry about being Good-- if you're doing interesting, exciting scholarship you'll get jobs. I don't know if that's reassuring or not ;)
and Veronica,
I'd be happy to talk to your friend-- I was fortunate to get a lot of helpful advice when I looked at schools and I'm glad to be able to pass it along. Just have her email me at kmwillse@indiana.edu
~Kristi

jadah
Registered User
(11/7/06 10:01 pm)
a little lost
I've been trying to decide what it is I want to study as far as fairy tales go. I'm graduating in December with my BFA in photography. So I don't have an acedemic back round in fairy tales/ folklore. The last year and half I've been using fairy tale characters and storylines as the basis of my work. I've been reading a lot as reasearch for different pieces. And I really want to know what I'm talking about. I am familiar with Jack Zipes, but the rest of the names I'm going to have to research. It's proving to be difficult to figure all of this grad school stuff out when I'm not sure what questions to ask or what I should be looking for.

Veronica Schanoes
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(11/8/06 8:15 pm)

Re: employment
Thanks Kristi! I'll "introduce" the two of you tonight!

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