Course Archive: 2018-2019

Fall 2018

Undergraduate Courses | Upper Level Undergraduate Courses | Undergraduate/Graduate Courses | Graduate Courses | Affiliated Courses

Undergraduate Courses



(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.



(ENGLISH 2367.05) 

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

(English 4577.02)
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.

(English 4597.02)
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.



Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

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.

ASC 5194
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.

(Chinese 5400)
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.



Graduate Courses

(English 6761.01)
Amy Shuman | We 1:50-4:50 | Denney Hall 435 | 16758

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.


(CompStud 7350.02 / English 7350.02)
Amy Shuman | Tu 2:15-5:00 | Hagerty Hall 451 | 33511 / 34476

Performance as a heightened mode of communication characteristic of vernacular cultural process, studied in the context of ongoing social interaction. Folklore GIS course. Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 7350.22, 870, or CompStd 7350.02 (792). Cross-listed in CompStd.

Affiliated Courses

(Spanish 2367S)
Elena Foulis | MoWe 12:45-2:05 | Enarson Classroom Building 017 | 33545

Spanish 2367S is a GEC second writing/social diversity course that focuses on generating ideas, drafting, and revising writing projects. These projects will be situated within the thematic context of literacy and related issues among Latin@s born in the United States and Spanish-speaking immigrants. This course is taught in English and Spanish.

(Turkish 2241)
Danielle Schoon | TuTh 11:10-12:30 | Mendenhall Lab 129 | 15328

This course provides a survey of Turkish Culture through brief forays into history, geography, language, literature, visual and performing arts, food, sports, fashion, media, religion, politics and society. These forays will provide opportunities for deeper explorations of issues of contemporary relevance and central importance to the study of Turkey. These include: the legacy of the Ottoman Empire, Islam and secularism, the East/West divide, nationalism, the politics of translation, the role of the arts in society and social movements, minority and human rights, identity politics, and more.

(NELC 3205)

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.