04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R
Peterson Hall 2411
Section Information for Fall 2021
This course offers a graduate-level introduction to the discipline of folklore studies. We will begin by exploring the basic definitional characteristics of folklore and the concepts that form the foundation for folklore research. We will go on to survey some of the major genres that folklorists use to classify the materials they study. The second half of the course looks in more depth at eight “keywords” for the study of expressive culture: group, aesthetics, genre, text, context, tradition, performance, and identity. Students will explore the significance and influence of each of these keywords on folklore scholarship and use them as lenses through which to investigate a case study of their own choosing.
Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.
Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.