Folklore | MIDDLE EASTERN FOLKLORE
F307 | 2531 | El-Shamy
Intensive I (5/8-5/24) Gender and the Family. Emphasis in this course is
placed on the family, family values, and familial relations. Gender
(female-male/woman-man) and age (adult-child) differences are explored as
they are expressed in such folkloric forms as prose folk narratives, songs,
proverbs, and riddles. Other aspects of lore, such as spirit possession and
exorcism, will be presented. Similarities and differences with Western
(Euro-American) counterparts are highlighted.
Major topics treated: I. INTRODUCING THE MIDDLE-EAST; II PARENTS AND
PATERNAL FIGURES; III. COURTSHIP AND MARITAL RELATIONS; IV. WOMEN IN
PATRIARCHAL/POLYGYNOUS COMMUNITY; V. SIBLINGS AND COUSINS; VI. UNCLES AND
AUNTS (Paternal and Maternal)
H. El-Shamy, Tales Arab Women Tell: And the Behavioral Patterns they
Portray. (Indiana University Press, 1999).
H. El-Shamy, Folktales of Egypt, with Middle Eastern and African
Parallels. (University of Chicago Press, 1980).
Requirements: Exams 2: Take home, Mid-term Final; ONE book report.
Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
requirement and is on List A for the COAS Culture Studies requirement.