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FOLK 247 601 Gender, Genre and Power

Lecturer: Wednesday 5:30-8:40 p.m.


Gender is culturally and socially constructed. Expressive traditions are one of the main forces in the process that reflect, define and shape the interpretations of gender in our societies and cultures constantly. How do
folk narratives depict the idealized female images, helpless priceless, capable housewives, benevolent fairies, or warriors in different cultures? How do women construct their identities through some unique genres in
expressive traditions including quilting, ritual and religious performances, pottery, music, dance, life stories or even their self-invented writing system? How do women use their expressive forms to resist/subvert unbalanced
power relationships and create meanings for themselves in daily life?

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