ENGH 590: Topics in Folk Narrative

ENGH 590-001: Narratives: Past & Present
(Spring 2020)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T

Krug Hall 209

Section Information for Spring 2020

Folk Narratives have enduring importance in our culture and society. They entertain people and impact how people make sense of the world. This course will introduce students to the diversity and dynamics of the main genres of folk narratives, including folktale, legend, and myth. we’ll dive into these stories to discuss what they reveal about the people who tell them, receive them, and share them. We will also introduce some important frameworks for interpreting, analyzing, and talking about folk narratives. 

Some questions we will address over the course the term are: what are “folk narratives”? What function do they serve? How to interpret and analyze them? In what way are folk narratives still meaningful today? How folk narrative is represented and reinterpreted broadly in different literary and artistic genres across time and space? We will assume a critical stance in our study of folk narratives and look at them from an interdisciplinary perspective that will include folklore studies, history, religion, literature, art, performance studies, and anthropology.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores types of folk narratives such as mythology, folktale, fairy tale, legend, family narrative, personal narrative. Focuses on tales from around the world. Considers aspects of storytelling such as storytelling as performance, storytelling as therapeutic modality, and storytelling during crises and conflicts. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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