Folklore | Ethnopoetics
F736 | 24924 | McDowell


Meets with F420.  This course explores the workings of the world’s
ethnopoetry, that is, it’s measured and allusive language existing
outside the boundaries of literary canons. We sample widely in a
domain sometimes called oral poetry or orature, referencing a
plethora of speech play and verbal art traditions. We seek to
appreciate the mastery exhibited by wordsmiths operating in a variety
of settings, from the conversational to the commemorative. Central to
our inquiry are key issues surrounding the concept of the text – the
relationship between a text and its source performance, as well as
the best practices for creating and presenting texts.