Folklore | Readings in Ethnography
F525 | 24905 | Shorter


As a genre of academic writing in the social science, ethnography
provides a means by which an author and her readers understand
cultural production.  Often, ethnographies foreground narrative at
the expense of data, or alternatively they weave "facts" within
scholarly interpretation.   Surveying major tropes and rhetorical
strategies, this course will explicitly locate the ethnographic
method as a key component of folklore and anthropology.   In this
particular version of this course offering, we will examine the
categorical notions of insider and outsider while also developing
cross-cultural perspectives on the performative acts of identity
formation as evidenced in religious rituals, sex, joking, gender,
dying, and violence.  Our collective goal will be to develop critical
skills of cultural analysis through careful readings and author
analyses.