Event Title

Irish Oral Tradition

Presenter Information

James Bland, University of Wyoming

First Advisor

Barbara Logan

Description

Stories define culture through the villains and heroes. In a given culture or identity, stories prepare their audience by showing what to expect. Heroes exemplify positive traits to be mimicked, and villains and obstacles offer warnings for future challenges. The tone of stories, their length and their moral a ll vary depending on the medium, culture, and audience. The study of “stories” is separated from mass media by the academic community, and often by the general public. This separation is understandable, but not important. Stories persist through all medium s as a way to transmit an identity’s characteristics and attitudes. The purpose of this project is to retell stories from the Irish oral tradition to illustrate traits, flaws, and virtues. For an identity as prevalent as Irish, there are a lot of pre - con ceived ideas and about what the culture is like. Racism and stereotypes (positive and negative) contribute to an “identity” only partially of the Irish making.

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Oral Presentation, UW Honors Program

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Irish Oral Tradition

Stories define culture through the villains and heroes. In a given culture or identity, stories prepare their audience by showing what to expect. Heroes exemplify positive traits to be mimicked, and villains and obstacles offer warnings for future challenges. The tone of stories, their length and their moral a ll vary depending on the medium, culture, and audience. The study of “stories” is separated from mass media by the academic community, and often by the general public. This separation is understandable, but not important. Stories persist through all medium s as a way to transmit an identity’s characteristics and attitudes. The purpose of this project is to retell stories from the Irish oral tradition to illustrate traits, flaws, and virtues. For an identity as prevalent as Irish, there are a lot of pre - con ceived ideas and about what the culture is like. Racism and stereotypes (positive and negative) contribute to an “identity” only partially of the Irish making.