American Folklore

American Folklore
American folk art and literature and the historical and cultural circumstances from which they developed.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesENGL 251
 ProgramsContaining ENGL 392
Course Outcomes

Categories of Folklore, Folk Narrative, and Folk Groups

Identify and remember 3 categories of folklore; 4 types of folk narrative; 8 folk groups.

Documenting Folklore

Document folklore using established formats and understand some methods of recording and archiving local traditions in order to "analyze rigorously" American texts and artifacts in context and in terms of how "the American experience has been, and continues to be, constructed and transmitted."

Differing World views

Relate worldview with the performance of traditions, comparing similarities and differences of groups with differing worldviews and obtaining a wider view of American history and diversity.

Intelligent Reasoning

Reason intelligently in oral and written discourse while allowing that traditions are meaningful to participants in places and times different from your present circumstances.

Connecting Folklore Studies

Work independently to connect folklore studies with other course work and life experiences and goals.

Perpetuating or Extinguishing Traditional Practices

Get excited about personal, group, and aesthetic dynamics in the performance of traditions and "question ethically" the choices and forces that help perpetuate or extinguish traditional practices, both locally and globally.