Folklore | CONSTRUCTING TRADITION: EAST ASIA
F430 | 2311 | Janelli
Open to folklore majors only. Meets with F600.
Description and Objectives: Much recent research argues that many
apparently long-standing traditions and social groups are recent
creations. This seminar explores the processes of retrospectively shaping
and reshaping local and national traditions and identities in Korea,
China, and Japan. Through a series of case studies, the course examines
the motives, choices, and strategies attached to claiming historicity for
particular ideas, practices, and identities. Topics include popular
religion, local festivals, folk crafts, the "Confucian" family, ethnicity,
and national identity. Prerequisite. This course is open only
to 3rd and 4th undergraduate students who have declared folklore as their
Requirements and Evaluation Policies: Each participant is asked to:
1. Submit a series of one-page synopses setting forth the main
point(s) of each of the assigned readings prior to its discussion in
class and two written questions for class discussion on that reading.
These submissions will be graded and will contribute 25% of the course
2. Contribute to class discussions (25%)
3. Write a mid-term and final examination (25% each).
Optional Paper: Each student enrolled in F430 has the option of writing a
research paper of 10 to 15 pages on a topic of his/her own choice. If
chosen, the proposed topic should be discussed with the instructor and a
proposed bibliography of sources submitted by the end of the ninth week of
class. The research paper will contribute 20% of the student's grade, and
the requirements listed in the preceding paragraph will each contribute
20%. The paper, which must be typed or computer printed, is due at the
last class of the semester.
Fulfills a COAS Social and Historical Studies, Social Inquiry distribution