American Studies | Seminar in AMST-Ritual, Festival, and Public Culture
G751 | 15249 | Stoeltje


PROFESSOR B. STOELTJE
Emai: stoeltje@indiana.edu

Course meets with E678, and F535

TEXTS:      (available at Box Books V 7th St.)
Scott Schnell.  The Rousing Drum: Ritual Practice in a Japanese
Community.  Univ. of Hawaii Press.  1999.
Dorothy Noyes.  Fire in the Placa: Catalan Festival Politics After
Franco.  Univ. of  Pennsylvania Press.  2003.
Claire Farrer.  Thunder Rides A Black Horse. Waveland Press. 1994.
Adrian Kear & Deborah Steinberg, eds.  Mourning Diana. Routledge.
1999.
Debord, Guy.  The Society Of The Spectacle.  Zone Books. 1995.



Requirements:

Each week a 1-2 page commentary on the readings, concluding with
discussion questions.
One review of a book on the subject (not one of the texts), presented
in class.

PAPERS:
Paper #1:  5-10 pages           Paper #2:
15-20 pages
Option #1:
Paper #1:  EMPHASIZES DESCRIPTION and CONTEXT
Select a specific ritual, festival, or spectacle; discuss the
literature relating to that topic (publications on the event itself,
historical and political context, the culture).

Paper #2:  On the same ritual, festival or spectacle, describe
and analyze the
event using the perspectives we have used in class or readings in the
bibliographies, emphasizing outcomes, interpretations, consequences,
or implications for pubic culture.

Option #2:  EMPHASIZES METHOD AND THEORY
Paper #1: Discuss one or more scholarly and/or theoretical
approaches to the study of ritual, festival and related events,
building on the readings in the class.

Paper #2:  Apply a theoretical approach to a specific event,
emphasizing and explaining how the method and theory provide an
understanding of the event.

YOUR CHOICE of Option #1 or #2 should depend on whether you are just
locating your topic for the first time or whether you have already
been working on the topic before this class. (Have you, for example,
produced a good description of the event already, including a map?
Have you located the literature already?).  Or, you may
choose on the basis of what you are most interested in.  You may
propose some other option if you have one, e.g. festival and fiction,
or, ritual and literature.

RITUAL, FESTIVAL, AND PUBLIC CULTURE       Stoeltje
Additional Readings: e reserve password V ritual
e V reading is on e reserve
j V reading is in a journal you can access on
line



1)   	Ritual, Festival, History, and Ethnic Conflict
In   Folklore, Cultural Performance, Popular
Entertainments,
R. Bauman, ed.  Oxford Univ. Press. 1992
R. Bauman.  Performance  41-49.   e
R. Rappaport.  Ritual.  249-260.  e
B. J. Stoeltje.  Festival.  261-271.  e
F. Manning.  Spectacle.  291-299.   e
Gatherine Up Again: Fiesta in Santa Fe  video in class.

2)   The Structure of Ritual; Symbols; Public Culture
Victor Turner, Liminal to Liminoid in Play, Flow,
and Ritual.
Rice University Studies 60, #3. 1974. 53-92.  e
Victor Turner, Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in
Rites de Passage.  Reader in Comparative Religion.
Lessa and Vogt, eds.  Harper & Row.  1972  338-347.  e
Christian Bromberger, Hair: From the West to the Middle
East through the Mediterranean.  JAF  Fall 2008.
121:379-399.  j

Arjun Appadurai & Carol Breckenrideg.  Why Public
Culture?  Public Culture 1 #1.  5-9.  e
Igor Kopytoff.  Public Culture: A Durkheimian Genealogy.
Public Culture 1, #1.  11-16.  e

Rec:  Marcel Henaff & Tracy Strong.  Introduction. Public
Space and Democracy.  Minnesota.  2001.  1-31.
Rec:  Emile Durkheim.  The Elementary Forms of the
Religious Life.  The Free Press.  1915.
Rec:  Anthony Giddens.  The Constitution of Society: Outline
of the Theory of Structuration.  Cambridge  1984.
Rec:  Arnold van Gennep.  Rites de Passage.   Chicago
University Press. 1960. (1909)
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3)    TIME:   Rites of Passage: Initiation V Calendrical and Life
Cycle
Farrer. Thunder Rides a Black Horse.
B.J. Stoeltje.  The Snake Charmer Queen: Ritual, Competition, and
Signification in American Festival  in Beauty Queens on the Global
Stage.  C. Cohen, R. Wilk, B, Stoeltje, eds  Routledge 1995.  13-
30.  e

4)    GENRES:  Ritual, Festival, or Spectacle?  American Rodeo
B.J. Stoeltje.  Riding, Roping, and Reunion: Cowboy Festival.  in
Time Out of Time.  A. Falassi, ed.  Univ of New Mexico Press.  1987.
137-151.  e
B.J. Stoeltje.  Power and the Ritual Genres: American Rodeo.  Western
Folklore 1993.  52: 135-156.  e  j
B. J. Stoeltje.  Gender Representations in Performance: The Cowgirl
and the Hostess.  Journal of Folklore Research. 1988.  25: 219-
241.  j
Rec:  Stoeltje.  Rodeo from Custom to Ritual.  Western Folklore  48:
244-290.  j

5)    SPECTACLE AND SOCIETY: Can there be Ritual?
Guy Debord.  The Society of the Spectacle

6)    RITUALS RELATION TO  NARRATIVE,
BELIEF, MODERNITY
John and Jean Comaroff, eds.  Introduction. Modernity and Its
Malcontents: Ritual and Power in Postcolonial Africa.  Univ. of
Chicago Press.  1993.  Xi-xxxvii.  e
J. H French.  Buried Alive: Imagining Africa in the Brazilian
Northeast.  American Ethnologist. 2006.  33:  340-360.
B.J. Stoeltje.  Custom and Politics in Ghanaian
Popular
Culture.  2009.  Fallou Ngom, ed.
Rec:  Essays in Modernity and Its Malcontents.
Rec:  David Guss, The Festive State: Race, Ethnicity and
Nationalism
as Cultural Performance.
Rec:  Felicia Hughes-Freeland. ed.   Ritual, Performance, Media.



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7)    FESTIVAL IN DEPTH
Scott Schnell:  The Rousing Drum: Ritual Practice in a Japanese
Community.  Chs. 1-5

8)    MORE FESTIVAL IN DEPTH
The Rousing Drum:  Chs.  6-10.

9)    FESTIVAL IN LATIN AMERICA:  PETER ERMEY

PAPER #1 DUE SPRING BREAK

10)   ANOTHER FESTIVAL IN DEPTH
Dorothy Noyes:  Fire in the Placa: Catalan Festival
Politics After Franco.  Chs.  1-5.

11)   More FESTIVAL IN DEPTH - FIRE  :  Chs.  6-11.

12)   MODERNITY,  MONARCHY, AND MOURNING
Chs.

13)   PUBLIC CULTURE, APPLIED, NGOS
SARAH PHILLIPS
R. Bauman, I Carpenter, P. Sawin.  Reflections on the Folklife
Festival.  Folklore Institute.  Indiana Univ. Bloomington:  Special
Publication #2.
H. Regis and Shana Walton.  Producing the  Folk at the New Orleans
Jaz and Heritage Festival.  JAF  2008.  Vol 121:  400-440.  (j)

14)   PRESENTATIONS
15)   PRESENTATIONS