ENGH 315: Folklore and Folklife

ENGH 315-DL1: Folklore and Folklife
(Fall 2020)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Online

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Section Information for Fall 2020

This course provides an introduction to different forms of vernacular culture, including oral/verbal, customary, and material folklore, and consider various interpretive and theoretical approaches to the examples of folk culture discussed. We will explore how folklore as both (1) an unofficial body of cultural knowledge and aesthetic practices and (2) as a communicative process shapes and reflects everyday experience. We will also learn methods of ethnography and field collection that we can use to uncover structures, functions, and meanings in expressive culture.

Work for the course will include readings, active participation in class discussions, a fieldwork-based research project, and a final research and analysis paper based on the field project that involves integration of the course readings with fieldwork discoveries.

ENGH 315 DL1 is a distance education section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Topics include folktales, personal narratives, legends, proverbs, jokes, folk songs, folk art and craft, and folk architecture. Considers ethnicity, community, family, festival, folklore in literature, and oral history. Discusses traditions in students' own lives. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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