(AM ST 196, AMSTD 196)
Introduction to American Folklore (3) A basic introduction to verbal and nonverbal folklore stressing the basic procedures of collection, classification, and analysis.
ENGL (AM ST; AMSTD) 196 Introduction to American Folklore (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
English 196 is an introduction to the verbal and nonverbal folk traditions characteristic of several American subcultures, including Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and immigrants. It will cover important genres of folklore, including folk speech, folk narrative, beliefs and religious experiences, use of space, and material culture. Topics under consideration will include ethnicity and cultural identity, the ways in which verbal and material cultures have influenced the literary, political, and economic development of the United States. Students will learn strategies for "reading" and valuing the folklore of subcultures other than their own. This class will prepare students to be able to perform well in future courses that deal with analyzing written, oral, and nonverbal texts and being able to analyze their significance within the subculture that produced them. By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize the cultural, political, and historical implications of such traditions. Additionally, they will have received first-hand practice in compiling a fieldwork project from first-hand interviews and site observations, combined with archival research. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class discussion, oral presentation and group exercises, in-class examinations, and a fieldwork portfolio, based on the fieldnotes, research, and analysis done as part of their project. This course may be used by English majors for English Major elective credit or as credit toward the English Minor, and (as AMST 196) also by American Studies majors in the same way. Non majors may use this course to fulfill a general education or Bachelor of Arts Humanities requirement. English 196 will be offered twice a year with 60 seats per offering.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.