ANTHRCUL 260 - Folklore in Anthropological Perspective
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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All societies have dynamic folklore genres: expressive culture such as verbal art, song and dance, festivals and games, culinary traditions, material culture and customary knowledge ("informal learning"). Far from being vanishing arts or "outsider" culture, folklore thrives in public and private spheres, permeating daily life as well as special occasions. The targeted study of these features of culture is known as folkloristics. This course provides a general introduction to the theories, concepts and methodologies of folkloristics in historical perspective, with attention to the intersection of folkloristics and anthropology. We will study the forms and characteristics of folklore, conceived successively as historical artifact, as culture or worldview, and finally as communicative process. Illustrations will come primarily from America's many cultures-Native, regional and popular. Students will learn to analyze their own folklore traditions as well as those of others and apply folklore methods in an original, class research project.

Intended audience:Students interested in Anthropology, American Culture, or English, or any LSA student interested in expressive and popular culture.

Course Requirements:Students will complete approximately seven short writing assignments (through CTools) and one term paper (12-15 pp). The paper will be the culmination of an individual research project documenting and analyzing some local, public sample of folklore practices.

Class Format:Three hours per week in lecture format and one hour per week in discussion section. GSI will run the discussion sections and work with the instructor on grading.

ANTHRCUL 260 - Folklore in Anthropological Perspective
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0874212030
The dynamics of folklore, Author: Barre Toelken., Publisher: Utah State University Press Rev. and e 1996
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