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Fall 2016 Graduate Course Offerings

Folk-F516 Folklore Theory in Practice
Instructor: Ray Cashman
W 4:00-6:30pm
Course # 3815

Location: Classroom Office Building Room 272 (800 E 3rd St)

This course is a graduate seminar that introduces students to the field of folklore studies (folkloristics). Students will encounter the major theories and methods that have been developed in folkloristics for the study of expressive forms and vernacular cultures in social and historical context. To pursue such inquiry requires grappling with the key debates and social contexts that have shaped the study of folklore. Important case studies from the literature of folkloristics will be examined, appreciated, critiqued and contextualized. Students will become familiar with a range of approaches to the study of expressive culture in four broad generic areas: (1) verbal folklore, (2) material culture, (3) composite and performance genres, and (4) customary knowledge and practice. Folkloristics will be situated within a wider constellation of disciplines and interdisciplinary projects concerned with the human condition and we will begin to wrestle with the distinctive roles that folklorists might play in the contemporary world.

Folk-E522 The Study of Ethnomusicology
Instructor: Daniel Reed
R 9:00-11:30am
Course # 8305

Location: Classroom Office Building Room 102

Intended for graduate students specializing in the field, this course is designed as an introduction to ethnomusicology as an academic discipline. Its primary goal is to introduce students to the various aspects of the field as a whole, focusing on what ethnomusicologists have done and are doing; how they have conceptualized the field in terms of definitions, scope, significance, and relations with others; and their theories, methods, and goals.

As an overall introduction to the various aspects of the field, the course provides background for more specialized courses in topics such as fieldwork, theory, intellectual history, and world areas. Topics include: Histories, definitions, and applications of ethnomusicology; Key issues and points of debate; Key concepts, theories and methods; Ethnomusicologists and their work; Activities in which ethnomusicologists engage (including musical ethnography, analysis, and public practice); and ethnomusicology’s relations with other disciplines focused on the study of music, people, culture, and society.

In addition to serving as the introductory required course for ethnomusicology graduate students, E522 can fulfill the following requirements: M.A./Ph.D. in Folklore: a) the one required course in ethnomusicology and/or b) a “theory” course. Ph.D. minor in ethnomusicology: a “core course.”

Folk-E529 Musical Cultures as Systems of Meaning
Instructor: Mellonee Burnim
W 2:30-5:00pm
Course # 31108

Location: Cedar Hall C101
Fulfills: Form or Area

This course is designed to introduce students of ethnomusicology and related fields of study to a range of ideologies, processes, and patterns that define distinct musical cultures across the globe. Students will develop an understanding of the concept of music as culture by exploring historical and contemporary issues in cross-cultural perspective. Using audio and video examples as a lens for critically engaging texts, students will gain familiarity and understanding of musical genres and instruments and their associated aesthetic and political values.  Musical systems covered in the course reflect the expertise of the ethnomusicology institute faculty.

Folk-F545 Analysis of Myth
Instructor: Greg Schrempp
T 4:15-6:45pm
Course #
Location: Classroom Office Building Room 272 (800 E 3rd St)
Fulfills: Form or Theory

This course will survey perspectives brought to the study of myth in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These include various psychological/psychoanalytic and sociological perspectives, attempts to revive Indo-European "comparative mythology," structuralist and deconstructionist methods, ritualist angles on myth, analysis of myth performance, and critical-historical and/or reflexive approaches to the the idea of myth. The emphasis will be upon discovering what each approach reveals about the meaning and significance of myths in specific contexts, as well as exploring the intellectual and cultural agendas motivating myth and theory of myth. Problems in characterizing and defining myth (for example:  is myth rational?) will also be considered. Illustrations will be drawn from classical Greek/Roman, Native American, and Pacific Island traditions, and from contemporary mass culture (including the instructor's special interest in the mythologizing of science). Reading load is fairly heavy. Requirements will include short class presentations, and two analytical essays (of about 10 pages each).

Folk-F545 Memoirs & Life Histories in Ethnomusicology
Instructor: Ruth Stone
M 9:00-11:30am
Course # 12893
Location: Classroom Office Building Room 102 (800 E 3rd St)
Fulfills: Form

Life histories in ethnomusicology center on the varying perspectives of a performer or scholar over time.  They focus on an individual life as practiced, as performed, and as critiqued, drawing on individual memory as well as collectively constructed history.  Life histories are woven from ethnographic as well as archival research.  This class will examine life histories as a genre of writing and analysis.  Students will have an opportunity to both explore the genre in general and to examine particular life histories in ethnomusicology. 

Tell Me True:  Memoir, History, and Writing a Life. 2008.  Patrician Hempl and Elaine Tyler May (eds). St. Paul, MN: Borealis Books.

Travels with Frances Densmore: Her Life, Work, and Legacy in Native American Studies. 2015. Joan M. Jensen and Michelle Wick Patterson (eds).   Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Fela: The Life and Times of an African Musician.  2000.  Michael E. Veal.   Philadelphia:  Temple University Press.

“The Voice of Egypt”:  Um Kulthum, Arabic Song, and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century. Virginia Danielson.  1997.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Songprints:  The Musical Experience of Five Shoshone Women.  Judith Vander. 1988.  Urbana:  University of Illinois Press.

Writing in the San/d: Autoethnography among Indigenous Southern Africans. Kenyan Tomaselli, Lauren Dyall, et. al. (eds). 2007. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press.

Folk-F600 Cultural Diversity in China
Instructor: Sue Tuohy
TR 2:30-3:45pm
Course # 31100

Location: Woodburn Hall 104
Fulfills: Area or Theory

This course introduces students to human and cultural diversity in contemporary China. Class topics will cover diverse forms of human affiliations, from ethnic, class, gender, gender, generational, regional, and linguistic to rural and urban and local and national groups. Although we will focus on modern China, issues will be contextualized in relation to Chinese history and interactions beyond the borders of China. We will explore the multiple meanings of Chineseness as well as concepts and expressions of individual and group identities. Among the broad questions to be addressed are: What is China? Who are Chinese? What is Chinese culture (and who says)?

Many class sessions will emphasize artistic and expressive forms (music, material culture, film, verbal genres, and tourism) and the roles they play in shaping and representing identities. Related cultural, linguistic, and heritage policies will be discussed. The course also will introduce theories and methods from Folklore and Ethnomusicology that can be put to use in our analysis of human diversity, representations, and performance. Graded components will include class preparation and participation, written assignments, quizzes, and a midterm and/or final exam.

The graduate section of the class will require additional assignments; the type and focus of this additional work will be determined after consultation with the graduate students in the course. There also will be at least a few additional meetings for the graduate section.

This course is cross-listed in EALC (and counts toward the EALC major).

Folk-F635 Irish Muisc & Culture
Instructor: David McDonald
MW 1:00-2:15pm
Course # 12676
Location: Cedar Hall C118
Fulfills: Area

This course introduces students to the history of Irish music and culture through a combination of lectures, discussions, and applied fieldworking activities.  Specifically, this course offers an introduction to the vocal and instrumental traditions of Irish music in the context of the Irish diaspora and other Celtic traditions.  Intended for undergraduate and graduate students in music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, area studies, and folklore this course brings together case studies on Irish music and culture from a wide variety of historical, analytical, and ethnographic sources.  Included in this course will be aspects of Irish culture and history, politics, poetry, dance, and storytelling.  Based on course readings, lectures, films, and live music performances/demonstrations students will trace the development of Irish music and dance from indigenous rural contexts to the international stage, investigating issues of religion, politics, nationalism, and globalization.

Folk-F804 Myth, Cosmos, & Healing in Latin America
Instructor: John McDowell
MW 2:30-3:45pm

Course # 31104

Location: Classroom Office Building Room 203 (800 E 3rd St)
Fulfills: Area

In this class we explore systems of belief and practice as they enter into traditional healing rituals in different regions of Latin America. This world area features many practices and practitioners operating at the boundary of medicine and religion. Our quest will be to assess the dynamic interplay linking myth, cosmos, and healing in these systems -- to see how ritual practices are grounded in mythic narratives and the cosmologies they sustain, and how myth and cosmos are activated to confer upon these practices an aura of coherency, legitimacy, and authority. We will attend to the art, artifacts, music, ritual speech, and other techniques of curing and healing, stressing their connection to enabling mythologies and cosmologies. And we will inspect the remarkable transitions in these traditional systems in modern times, as they seemingly expand their scope of activity and yet are deeply transformed in the process.

Folk-F722 Senses of Place: Production & Performance
Instructor: Sue Tuohy
T 9:00-11:30am
Course # 13195

Location: Classroom Office Building Room 102 (800 E 3rd St)
Fulfills: Theory or Form

This course examines approaches to the study of place in ethnomusicology, folklore, and related fields. It focuses theories and methods for understanding the ways people produce, use, exhibit, perform and contest places and senses of space, particularly in relation to expressive culture and the arts.

As a central concept in our disciplines, place occupies an expansive space and has been mapped on to a number of other key concepts. Thus, it allows us to examine a range of topics such as:

* Relations between place, social formations, and identities
* Theories of soundscapes, landscapes, and sustainable places and communities
* Conceptual, material, and experiential dimensions of place
* The cultural organization and production of place
* Attachments to and expressions of place through narratives, music, images, and objects
* Place-making and performance through tourism, spectacle, media, memory, and heritage

Written work primarily will be directed toward each student’s research interests and will include assignments such as an annotated bibliography, a short literature review, a proposal, presentation, and substantive research paper.

Folk-F804 Professional Strategies & Tools
Instructor: Ruth Stone
W 9:00-11:30am
Course # 31111
Location: Classroom Office Building Room 102 (800 E 3rd St)

This course will provide class members with the opportunity to hone knowledge and practice skills in critical professional areas for the M.A. and Ph.D. student:  the curriculum vitae, conference paper proposal, research grant proposal, teaching portfolio, job application letter, and job talk, among others.

Students will critique the work of others in the process of becoming skilled and confident in their own abilities.  The class will utilize video conferencing with alumni and faculty members of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology during the semester.

The Professor Is In.  Karen Kelsky, 2015.  New York: Three Rivers Press.

The Only Grant Writing Book You’ll Ever Need.  Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox.  2014.  Fourth Edition. New York: Basic Books.

The Academic Job Search Handbook. Julia Miller Vick, Jennifer S. Furlong, Rosanne Lurie. 2016. Fifth Edition.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.