ENGH 414: Folklore and the Supernatural

ENGH 414-DL1: Folklore and the Supernatural
(Spring 2021)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W


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Section Information for Spring 2021

This course attempts to chart the uncanny—the inexplicable, the numinous, the spiritual even— in our everyday lives. We’ll think about ghosts, spirits, hauntings, visions, communion with the dead, monsters, encounters with the divine, UFOs, dream interpretation, magic, and more, not with the object of proving or disproving their existence or veracity, but rather to understand people’s lived experiences and how individuals attempt to make sense of the uncanny around them.

We’ll start by exploring the genealogy of the supernatural. We’ll interrogate the distinctions between belief/disbelief, discuss supernatural narrative genres, investigate the spaces/places where the supernatural erupts, and explore the relationships between the supernatural and technology and popular culture. We’ll end the semester by thinking about how the supernatural is made manifest within specific religious traditions.

ENGH 414 DL1 is a distance education section.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines the role of supernatural phenomena in individuals’ everyday lives. Introduces folkloristic approaches to the study of belief, paranormal experiences, and popular spirituality. Topics may include ghosts, spirit possession, superstitions, visions, near death experiences, dream interpretation, magic, the commodification of belief, and the supernatural and new media. Limited to three attempts.
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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