ENGH 412: Topics in Folklore Studies

ENGH 412-001: Folklore, Gender & Sexuality
(Fall 2020)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T

Online

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Section Information for Fall 2020

This course explores relationships between folklore, gender, and sexuality. We will use theories from folklore, feminism, and gender studies to analyze the role of folklore in the construction and negotiation of gender and sexual identities, how folklore can contribute to gender conflict, and how people use folklore forms to resist and contest gender and sexual inequities. We will take an intersectional approach, understanding that multiple axes of identity intersect in each individual to shape their distinct experiences with gender and sexuality. The focus will be primarily on diverse peoples within the U.S., though course discussions and assignments will expand to global perspectives. If the Covid19 pandemic is still dominating our lives in the fall, I will shift the focus of the course to ways that gender and sexuality intersect with people’s experiences and responses to the pandemic (through an analysis of folklore, of course).

ENGH 412 001 is a distance education section taught synchronously. Students are expected to be online during the scheduled meeting time.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Exploration of various aspects of folklore and folklife such as folklore and literature, folk arts, folk song, and material culture. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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