Folklore | Methods & Theories
F401 | 13549 | D. Christensen
Fulfills COLL Social & Historical
Above class FOLK majors and minors given priority.
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This course explores dominant methods and theories in Folklore and
Ethnomusicology, two fields that share a focus on traditional forms
of artistic performance. We’ll investigate the common ground shared
by researchers in both fields and note some key areas of difference
as well. Readings will delve into the history of inquiry and current
research paradigms; into basic concepts such as community,
tradition, genre, and performance; into the methods, techniques, and
procedures used to gather and process information; and into the
issues associated with cultural representation and interpretation.
Students will produce work characteristic of advanced study in the
field, including a critical review, a conference presentation, and
writing intended for the general public.