Current Courses (Spring 2017)
ENGL/HIST/ANTH 2210 (BHU) Introduction to Folklore. (online)
Introduction to major genres of folklore (folk narrative, custom, folk music and song, vernacular architecture and arts), folk groups (regional, ethnic, occupational, familial), and basic folklore research methods (collecting and archiving).
ENGL/HIST/ANTH 5700 Folk Narrative* (online)
Forms and functions of folk narrative genres: myth, legend, folktale, memorate, and ballad.
ENGL/HIST 3700 (CI) Regional Folklore*CI
Study of folklore and folklife as they relate to regional cultures.
ENGL/HIST 4700/6750 Folk Material Culture. (face-to-face).
This class is a combination undergraduate/graduate class. Focuses on the history and politics of the idea of “folk art” by examining specific examples of traditional art and material culture from around the globe. Students learn to read objects as forms that illustrate cultural values and ideals. (McNeill)
Eng/Hist 6710 Space, Place, and Folklore: Folklore and Landscape
Landscapes are human creations writ large. As a kind of physical, on-going, co-authored and creative text, people shape landscapes, while at the same time landscapes evoke meanings, memories, and values in what noted anthropologist Keith Basso calls the “interanimation” between people and place. We explore productive tensions between locally constructed meanings of landscape and countervailing opinions that problematize local culture as a presumed site of authenticity, morality, and locus of the anti modern. (Gabbert)
Eng/Hist 6760 Folk Art and Material Culture. Cross listed with Eng/Hist. 4700.
This class is a combination undergraduate/graduate class. Focuses on the history and politics of the idea of “folk art” by examining specific examples of traditional art and material culture from around the globe. Students learn to read objects as forms that illustrate cultural values and ideals. (Professors vary)
Eng/Hist 6770 Legend and the Supernatural
This course explores supernatural legends and belief narratives. We will explore belief narratives and legends from cultural, popular, historical, and folkloric perspectives.
-Legends and scholarly approaches to them
-Ghosts in a variety of contexts
-Vampires, forensic pathology, and the movies
-“Hag riding” in oral tradition
-Culturally bound constructions of Marie Laveau and nineteenth-century New Orleans voodoo
-Media treatments of UFOs, NDEs, and the paranormal (Thomas)