Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4870 HENKEN, ELISSA TR 9:30 AM 0269

Topics Title
Folklore and Current Events
Description

Folklore, an aesthetic expression of world view, provides guidelines for everyday life and also provides a means of responding to and discussing new situations.  Whether recognizing new illnesses (AIDS, SARS, ebola), coping with tragedies (events of 9/11, hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Harvey), or facing political and economic challenges, people use folklore to process and comment on their world.  Folklore also shapes our perceptions and thus behavior (parents not vaccinating their children, children trying to kill at Slenderman’s bidding).  In this course, in which students will learn to collect and analyze folklore, we shall examine the interplay of jokes, rumors, legends, and beliefs with current events, using both archival material and current examples.