INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE
(English 2270/Compstd 2350)
TBA | TuTh 11:10-12:30 | Cockins Hall 218 | 15663 / 15665
This class explores forms of traditional, vernacular culture—including verbal art, custom, and material culture—shared by people from a number of regional, ethnic, religious, and occupational groups. We will consider various interpretive, theoretical approaches to examples of folklore and folklife, and we will investigate the history of folklore studies. Recurring central issues will include the dynamics of tradition, the nature of creativity and artistic expression, and the construction of personal and group identities. Folklore theory and methods will be explored through engagement with primary sources: folktale, legend, jokes, festival, belief, and costume, and students will collect examples of folklore through fieldwork.
GE Arts and Humanities: Cultures and Ideas.
THE U.S. FOLK EXPERIENCE
TBA | MoWeFr 12:40-1:35 | Denney Hall 209 | 7986
Concepts of American folklore & ethnography; folk groups, tradition, & fieldwork methodology; how these contribute to the development of critical reading, writing, & thinking skills.
Upper-Level Undergraduate Courses
FOLKLORE II: LEGEND, SUPERSTITION, AND FOLK BELIEF
Merrill Kaplan | TuTh 12:45-2:05 | McPherson Lab 2015 | 18062
This course introduces students to legend, superstition, and folk belief, genres that include reports of alien abductions, sightings of Slender Man, the sharing of fake news, and that haunted house near where you grew up. Students will gain familiarity with traditions of several places and times while exploring the relationship between legend, belief, and personal experience, and the nature of legend as contested truth. By the end of the course, students will have learned strategies for interpreting legend and rumor as meaningful expression. Written work will include a folklore collection project.
AMERICAN REGIONAL CULTURES IN TRANSITION
Dorothy Noyes | TuTh 11:10-12:30 | Caldwell Lab 137 | 34637
Explores American regional cultures to consider the relationship between tradition and change, how to compare cultures, and how politics and economics shape conceptions of culture. Folklore Minor course. Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01) or equiv, and Jr or Sr standing. Not open to students with credit for 597.02. GE cross-disciplinary seminar course.
FOLKLORE IN CIRCULATION
Dorothy Noyes | Th 2:15-5:00 | Journalism Building 291 | 34275
Study of transmission of culture. Topics vary, e.g., tourists, travelers, tricksters; cultures of waste and recycling; orality and literacy. Prereq: 2350, 2350H, English 2270 (270), or 2270H. Not open to students with maximum qtr cr hrs for 677.03 and 677.04. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs.
PERFORMANCE TRADITIONS OF CHINA
Mark Bender | Tu 2:15-5:00 | Stillman Hall 240 | 33063
Introduction to the panorama of oral and orally-connected performance traditions of China; explores local traditions of professional storytelling, epic singing, folksongs, and local drama. Prereq: 2231, 2232, 2451, 2452, EALL 1231, Japanse 2231, 2451, 2452, Korean 2231, 2451, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 600.
Study of narrative in its different manifestations, e.g., novel, autobiography, film, legal testimony, and of theories of its form and significance. Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 6761.02 or 761.
THEORIZING FOLKLORE II: THE ETHNOGRAPHY OF PERFORMANCE
(CompStud 7350.02 / English 7350.02)
Amy Shuman | Tu 2:15-5:00 | Hagerty Hall 451 | 33511 / 34476
THE U.S. EXPERIENCE: LATIN@S, LANGUAGE, AND LITERACY
Elena Foulis | MoWe 12:45-2:05 | Enarson Classroom Building 017 | 33545
INTRODUCTION TO TURKISH CULTURE
Danielle Schoon | TuTh 11:10-12:30 | Mendenhall Lab 129 | 15328
WOMEN IN THE MUSLIM MIDDLE EAST
Danielle Schoon | TuTh 9:35-10:55 | Enarson Classroom Building 218 | 33530
This class explores the position of women in the contemporary Middle East. We will analyze women’s cultural, social, and economic roles in a variety of Middle Eastern countries within the context of Islam. A significant part of this discussion is locating the voices of Muslim women as much as possible in our to understand how they perceive themselves and their roles in Islamic society and the wider world. By looking at a wide range of topics, such as Islamic law and the family, women in the Qur’an, Islamist feminisms, and Muslim women’s political participation, we will uncover the complex ways in which notions of religious identity and gender intersect in the modern Middle East.