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FOLK 101 601: Introduction to Folklore

T. Taylor
Lecture: Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Cross listed with: ANTH120
Contact: tonyat@sas.upenn.edu

Far from being hidden or 'dying', folklore thrives in public and private spheres, both in everyday life and in extraordinary situations. This course will explore spaces, times, and groups in which folklore materials can be observed. Individual and communal creativity, as well as continuity and change will emerge as important concepts as we look at the ways in which people communicate with each other not only through narratives, proverbs, sermons, and jokes but also through displays of the body, of house and street, the exchange of food, and the performance of music and dance during festivals and processions. The incorporation of folklore in tourist attractions, school education programs, government projects, advertisement and museums calls for a re-examination of the values and meaning of folklore in contemporary society, especially in a world that is celebrating globalization and is concerned with multiculturalism and identity politics.

 
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