ENGL 392

American Folklore

English College of Humanities

Course Description

American folk art and literature and the historical and cultural circumstances from which they developed.

When Taught

Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Recommended

ENGL 303 - Ways of Reading. (3) or ENGL 295 - Writing Literary Criticism. (3)

Title

Categories of Folklore, Folk Narrative, and Folk Groups

Learning Outcome

Identify three categories of folklore, four types of folk narrative, and eight folk groups.

Title

Documenting Folklore

Learning Outcome

Identify and apply some methods of recording and archiving local traditions in order to analyze rigorously American texts and artifacts in context of the construction and transmission of the American experience.

Title

Differing Worldviews

Learning Outcome

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.

Title

Intelligent Reasoning

Learning Outcome

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

Title

Connecting Folklore Studies

Learning Outcome

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

Title

Perpetuating or Extinguishing Traditional Practices

Learning Outcome

Become engaged with 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.