Folklore | Folklore in American Studies Curriculum
F625 | 2431 | Dolby

In this seminar we shall explore eight American studies themes to
which the discipline of folklore can make especially helpful
contributions.  The assertion here is that the concepts, methods, and
materials of folklore study can be combined with the familiar
American studies curriculum to create an expanded curriculum that
includes these new perspectives, texts, and practices drawn from
research in American folklore.  As a seminar we shall be considering
which materials and methods are most useful in expanding the domain
of each of these eight selected themes.  There are, of course, other
themes that might have been chosen, but the eight we shall focus on
are: 1) the issue of violence in America, 2) cultural and ethnic
diversity, 3) issues of gender, 4) American history and its
consequences: Immigration, settlement, and slavery, 5) American
history and its consequences: Native Americans, 6) American religion
and traditions of belief, 7) American values and worldview, and 8)
children’s folklore and American popular culture.  Obviously, we
cannot hope to be comprehensive in our coverage of any of these
themes.  Instead, our objective will be to select materials,
concepts, and research that most usefully expand the American studies
curriculum to include some of the abundance of research in American

Requirements:  Along with the readings and participation in
discussion you will be required to make at least one oral
presentation and a written final paper of approximately 20-30 pages.
The final paper may be a research article, a pedagogical article, or
a practical application, such as a course development idea with
accompanying lecture notes for a series on one theme.

Readings:  At least one book for each of the eight themes, plus
additional assigned readings.  Please check the book list at