FOLK 650 301 Folklore and Critical Regionalism
Seminar: Wednesday 12:00-2:00
In tandem with global political and economic restructuring, and
the related unsettling of national and local identities, scholarship
on place has burgeoned. Recently, scholars from multiple disciplines
have called for a shift from identity-centered approaches to the
study of place and region to amore critical assessment of how
the encounter of the local with "the larger than local"
is articulated (Shuman, 1993). "Critical regionalism,"
hailing from architectural theory, names an effort to "frame
a dialogue between localized dimensionality and the imperatives
of international architecture"(Frampton, 1981). One way of
framing this dialogue is to examine the imaginaries that span
disjunctive places "twinned" through those larger than
local processes, imaginaries that regionalize from within (Herr,
1996). What’re the foundations for such a project in folkloristic,
and what is the role of ethnography in cultivating critical regionalism?
To get at such questions, we will examine selected regional ethnographies
and place-based folklore programs. Work for the course will include
1) evaluating a regional ethnography and a public program in light
of critical regionalist theory and 2)developing, with a partner
or group, a proposal for a multi-site kethnography anchored partly
in the mid-Atlantic region.
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