Current Graduate Course Offerings
All graduate courses count towards
the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) in Folklore.
Autumn 2014 Graduate Courses
Introduction to Graduate Study in Folklore I: The Philology of the Vernacular –
Comparative Studies 6750.01/English 6751.01/English 6751.11
Dr. Merrill Kaplan
Mo 12:40PM-3:40PM Denney Hall 0435
Tools 1 Folklore GIS
#26313, #31715, #31716
How do we interpret traditional forms and the cultural practices that create them? How can we read cultural expression as text within the context of its performance? How can we cope with the multiple existence and variation of our object of study?
This course provides a lightning introduction to folklore and the intellectual wellsprings of folkloristics. It then moves on through several canonical genres of traditional expression such as festival, fairytale, legend, folk belief, jokes, and costume with an eye towards developing the tools necessary for their interpretation. Students will compile an annotated bibliography on a single genre and write an analysis of an example of that genre.
Required texts: All materials will be made available via Carmen except for one book: Scott Reynolds Nelson's Steel Drivin' Man - John Henry - The Untold Story of an American Legend.
Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 770.01, English 6751.01 (770.01), or 6751.11. Cross-listed in English 6751.01.
Ethnic Literature in China – Chinese 7470
Dr. Mark Bender
Mo 2:15-5:00PM Room TBA
Examines poetry, prose, and other cultural expressions related to ethnic minority groups in China.
Prereq: 6451, 6452, or 7463, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs.