THE FAIRY TALE AND REALITY
English 3372 | #17772
Dorothy Noyes | MoWe 9:30-12:30
Second six-week session: June 18-July 26 2019,
The modern Western world thinks of fairy tales as magical and escapist. This course considers the many ways in which fairy tales call us back to the "real" world. Fairy tales stage the choices of underlings as they seek to get ahead in a world not of their making. Poor people told competing versions of common stories as they debated the balance of luck, virtue, brains, and opportunism required to get off the farm. Their oral stories have been taken up in literature and mass culture in order to mold modern selves and templates for success. At the same time, a fairytale counterculture has continually pushed the subversive undertones of the tales to denaturalize, even break dominant cultural scripts.
HUMAN RIGHTS IN TRANSIT
OIA | June 16-22 | London, UK
With the city of London as its focus, this course will explore human rights in the context of global migration. We will examine cultural representations (art, literature, film, photography, festival) on global migration, and belonging, with particular emphasis on London's rich past of immigration and present emphasis on national security. Applications due January, 2019. Please visit the Office of International Affairs website to apply. For more information, please contact GAHDT Program Coordinator, Puja Batra-Wells (email@example.com).
THEORIZING FOLKLORE III: DIFFERENTIATION AND THE FOLK
English/Comparative Studies 7350.03 | #21418/21419
Dorothy Noyes | TuThu 9:30-12:30
Second six-week session: June 18-July 26 2019
This course examines the cultural marking of social difference, with an emphasis on the construction of the "folk" as the internal Other of Western modernity. We briefly consider major accounts of differentiation in the liberal, Durkheimian, Marxist, and structuralist/post-structuralist traditions. Then we examine the discursive construction of cultural difference as a rationale for social exclusion. Epistemological distinctions such as faith vs. superstition and law vs. custom as well as, more broadly, universal vs. particular have made it possible to characterize women, children, the elderly, peasants, workers, immigrants, colonial subjects, racial and ethnic and religious and sexual minorities, disabled people, and in short, most people as aesthetically interesting but unfit for full citizenship. We go on to consider the institutionalization of cultural identities and how metacultural categories as "folk" and "national" and "heritage" come to generate new material. Finally, current debates over cultural appropriation force us to consider the paradox of cultural style as both mobile and marked by the body. Students will write reading responses and an exploratory final paper laying out the relevance of the coursework to their own research.