College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 315: Folklore and Folklife

ENGH 315-002: Folklore and Folklife
(Fall 2017)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

Innovation Hall 134

Section Information for Fall 2017

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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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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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