SLAVIC 240 - Introduction to Slavic Folklore
Section: 001 Slavic Folklore and Modern Society
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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This course aims to introduce the folklore of the Slavic peoples to a general student audience, and also to examine how various forms of folklore (including tales, songs, historical narratives, chants, spells, schismatic religious works, etc.) have been treated by modern 'high culture'. How have painters, dramatists, film-makers, poets, writers of fiction and others treated folklore; what ideological impulses have led people to collect and study it (and sometimes to misrepresent it); what sort of 'living folklore' can be found in the countryside of the Slavic world today? In addition, the course looks at the new forms of folklore which have emerged in the modern, urban world, and seeks to explore the ways in which these new forms may be compared with 'traditional' folklore. The course will place special emphasis on the folklore and culture of Russia; however, Ukrainian, Polish, Macedonian, Bulgarian and other Slavic nations' culture and folklore will also be discussed. Informal lectures with discussions. Two short papers, three in-class examinations. No background in the subject required; all readings in English. Class materials will include visual, audio, and print media, plus folk art objects and other manifestations of the intersection of folklore with everyday life and with high culture.

SLAVIC 240 - Introduction to Slavic Folklore
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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