Folklore | Introduction to Folklore in the US
F131 | 10388 | McDowell


What does it mean to be an American? This class takes the folklore
route to sizing up this question and offering some answers to it.
The United States has a rich and diversified cultural heritage, one
that is being shaped and expanded every day in every way from
Florida to Alaska, from Maine to California (and not forgetting
Hawaii). The folklorist will tell you that it is in the forms of
everyday creativity – in the jokes and songs, quilts and carvings –
and in the festivals where these forms are featured, that the
American people reveal their true identities. This class explores
that claim by looking closely at folklore emerging in the social
life of America’s many communities.

Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities