Credit hours: 3
|Readings in American Folklore||Jan Harold Brunvand||Norton||978-0393950298|
|The Choking Doberman and Other ‘New’ Urban Legends||Jan Harold Brunvand||Norton||978-0393303216|
Course Objectives: The purpose of this class is to explore central issues in the study of folklore by introducing you to a range of traditional verbal art, custom, and material culture from a number of different regions and ethnic groups. Central issues include the dynamics of tradition, creativity and artistic expression, personal and group identity, making everyday experience meaningful, and the relationship between folklore and worldview.
Course Content: No prior knowledge of folklore is assumed or required, although you will likely be quite familiar with some of the urban legends we will discuss. Most important are your curiosity about people like you and different from you, your ability to keep up with the reading and assignments, and your willingness to share your ideas with colleagues in class discussions.
Method of Presentation: The course will consist of lecture and discussion, with as much of the latter as possible.
Method of Evaluation: Participation (which includes quizzes and discussions), a reading response, a fieldwork collection and analysis project, and a take-home final examination.