04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M
Section Information for Fall 2017
This course surveys folklore and expressive culture across the greater Middle East and Central Asia, from Egypt and Palestine to Iran, Afghanistan, and the former Soviet Central Asian republics. We'll explore a range of expressive forms by reading ethnographic case studies about oral poetry and epic, graffiti, dream interpretation, popular theater, storytelling, foodways, wedding customs, popular religious life, and more.
Through course readings, lectures, discussions, and written assignments, we'll pay special attention to the politics of folklore and investigate how expressive culture is central to negotiations of power, strategies of resistance, and constructions of identity. You'll gain an understanding of folklore's foundational importance both reflecting and shaping how individuals and states across the Middle East and Central Asia imagine the self and nation.
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