Folklore | Folklore Colloquy
F501 | 3111 | J. McDowell
This course is for majors only.
This course introduces students to major points of correspondence
and convergence between folklore and ethnomusicology. It is designed
to engage students in a dialogue that explores the grounds for
integration of these lines of inquiry based upon their conceptual
frameworks, research methodologies, theoretical perspectives, modes
of professional engagement, and intellectual histories.
Folklore and ethnomusicology are interdisciplinary fields that both
borrow from and contribute to a number of disciplines with which
they share common concerns and approaches. In addition to works by
ethnomusicologists and folklorists, the syllabus includes readings
drawn from anthropology, history, linguistics, and musicology. The
course is organized around concepts and research methods central to
our disciplines, enduring issues that transcend historical shifts of
Among the primary objectives of the course are to understand the
dimensions of key theoretical concepts and attendant methods,
examine their configuration within particular folklore and
ethnomusicological works, and explore their application and utility
in our own research.