Oral literature is quite often studied as one of the genres of Literature. Elsewhere it may be studied as one of the fields of folkloristics, that is, the study of folklore. Still to others, oral literature is a discipline and has many different genres. This course will examine genre as an organising frame of performance, study, classification and analysis of oral literature. This is done with the aim of enabling students to analyse genre as a universal and as a culture-specific concept. By invoking notions of performance, the course will highlight how performance shapes our understanding of genres. To study Oral Literature with a focus on genre calls attention to theories of oral literature in the last two centuries. Furthermore, the course will also attempt to relate the study of Oral Literature to contemporary issues in society.