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 9:10AM-12:10PM Denney Hall 0435
Tools 1 Folklore GIS
#26314, #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 and Culture 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.
Romanticism, Tradition, Folklore – English 7840.01/7840.02
Dr. Clare Simmons
Fr 9:10am-12:10pm Denney 0435
Although the term “Folklore” did not come into use in Britain until the Victorian period, the Romantic era’s fascination with both the imagination and with national and regional characteristics prompted a new enthusiasm for such practices as collecting ballads and tales from oral tradition; folk customs and beliefs; and the incorporation of elements of supernatural traditions into literary works. The course will have three main sections: the development of ballad collection from oral tradition and the Romantic era literary ballad; ethnographic approaches and their influence on narrative; and Gothic and the folk tradition. We will read sections from Folkloristics, by Robert A. Georges and Michael Owen Jones; some canonical Romantic poetry including the complete Lyrical Ballads of Wordsworth and Coleridge and selections from Keats, Hemans, Robinson, and others; ballads collected by Thomas Percy, Robert Burns, Joseph Ritson, and others; novels including The Wild Irish Girl by Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan; The Monk by M.G. Lewis; the Vampyre by John Polidori; and Castle Dangerous by Sir Walter Scott; and prose by Dorothy Wordsworth, Thomas De Quincey, and others. The course should be of interest not only for students of nineteenth-century British literature, but also to those working in gender and ethnicity, popular culture, narrative, and of course folklore, although no prior knowledge of Folklore is required.
Requirements for graded credit: A short research report on primary materials; an oral presentation; a final research essay or equivalent; regular attendance and participation.