Section Information for Spring 2017
This course equips students with the tools to identify, document, and analyze folklore’s role in our everyday lives. We explore how folklore operates as an unofficial body of cultural knowledge and aesthetic practices, and as a communicative process that incorporates both continuity and creativity. We pay particular attention to the artistry and agency of those who perform and share folklore in specific contexts for specific purposes.
The topics that form the focus of our classes and assignments demonstrate how folklore both shapes and reflects everyday experience in a globalized world. Fieldwork-based research projects encourage students to apply the concepts discussed in classes and readings to real-life case studies.
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Topics include folktales, personal narratives, legends, proverbs, jokes, folk songs, folk art and craft, and folk architecture. Considers ethnicity, community, family, festival, folklore in literature, and oral history. Discusses traditions in students' own lives.