INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE
(English 2270/Compstd 2350)
Rachel Hopkin | 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
Jordan Lovejoy | 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.
Comparative Studies 5957.01 Comparative Folklore: Folklore in Circulation
TOPIC : Cultures of Waste and Recycling 34274
Dorothy Noyes | Th 2:15PM-5:00PM | Journalism Building 291
This course explores the notion of the residual: what is left over, useless, unclassifiable. We'll consider processes of symbolic classification through which phenomena can be labelled as out of place or out of phase. We will explore the customary management of communal resources, both human and material, in scarce-resource societies. We'll examine the creation of waste (and its converse, deprivation) with the codification of custom in modernity, and look at strategies by which waste is recuperated as a matter of necessity, aesthetics, or ideology. We'll look at how different kinds of leftover move in and out of systems of value: for example, the labelling of things as "junk" or "antiques," people as "trash," or ideas as "folklore." Throughout, we'll think about the status of residues in social and cultural theory.
THE GLOBAL MEDITERRANEAN
Danielle V. Schoon | WeFr 2:20-3:40 | Hagerty Hall 42
PREREQ: Jr. Sr., or Grad standing; or permission of instructor
The history of the Mediterranean region is one of co-existence and conflict. It has captured the imagination of writers, travelers, and scholars for centuries. In the past few decades, however, the Mediterranean region has been reconfigured extensively, not only in political, economic, and cultural terms, but also in the ways it is conceptualized. Is there or has there ever been a ‘Mediterranean culture’? Yet, the concept remains active in the popular imagination (consider the many books about the ‘Mediterranean diet’). Recently, the region has dominated the news with stories of the Arab Spring, the dramatic economic downturns in Greece, Italy and Spain, and the migration crisis. We must ask not only what connects the places and peoples of the Mediterranean, but also what divides them. This course examines the governments, societies, and cultures of the Mediterranean. We will pay attention to the ‘East/West’ paradigm as a prism through which to examine past and present events. As the region connects a global network that shapes local developments, we will consider the reach and relationship of the Mediterranean to other parts of the world.
This course is cross-listed in French and Italian, Film Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Comparative Studies, and Germanic Languages and Literatures. Consult your home department for credit towards major or minor.
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.