Folklore | Readings in Ethnography
F525 | 25644 | D. Shorter
Above class meets at 501 N. Park.
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. We will examine the
categorical notions of insider and outsider while also developing
cross-cultural perspectives on the performed acts of identity
formation. Our collective goal will be to develop critical skills
of cultural analysis through careful readings and author analyses.