ENGH 315: Folklore and Folklife

ENGH 315-003: Folklore and Folklife
(Fall 2021)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW


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Section Information for Fall 2021

This course provides an introduction to different forms of vernacular culture, including oral/verbal, customary, and material folklore, and consider various interpretive and theoretical approaches to the examples of folk culture discussed. We will explore how folklore as both (1) an unofficial body of cultural knowledge and aesthetic practices and (2) as a communicative process shapes and reflects everyday experience. We will also learn methods of ethnography and field collection that we can use to uncover structures, functions, and meanings in expressive culture.


ENGH 315 003 is a distance education section with synchronous course meetings.

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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