Introduction to Folklore Genres

English 1700
Section 1
MWF 9-9:50am
Tate 102

Cross listed with Anthropology 1150. This course offers an introduction to the study of folklore, focusing on the many different genres of what folklorists call "verbal art" (folk and fairy tales, legends, jokes, personal experience stories, etc.) and material culture (foodways, rituals, vernacular housing, etc.). Students will learn to appreciate differences in cultures in the worlds in which they reside--including the university, their families, home communities, group activities, religion, ethnicity. In addition, the course will alert students to similarities among cultures providing ways for them to understand how cultures are both similar and different.