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“Introduction to Folklore” (FL 100)

Sallie Anna Steiner 

Monday- Thursday, 9:00- 11:30 (june 19-July 16)

           Introduction to Folklore—the art and expression of everyday life—examines a wide range of oral and material genres, including folk narrative, belief, custom, foodways, folk art, music, and ritual. Studying folklore offers the opportunity to hone important skills like information-gathering, critical reading, and critical thinking. Folklore students take these skills beyond the classroom, library, and printed text as we venture out in the world as ethnographers, engaging folkloric "texts" such as objects, landscapes, and performances through observation, documentation, and interviewing.


"I Love Livin in the City: Punk, Comix, Avant-Gardes" (CL 203)

Max Woods

Monday-Thursday, 9:00-11:30 (June 19-July 16)

This course will investigate how global urbanization has interacted with three modern art and literary forms: the avant-gardes, punk, and comix. Through analyzing these three forms, we will trace the development of modern cities. Our reading and discussions will focus on:

  • How was the modern city created, and how is it represented and imagined in literature, art, and music?
  • How does punk respond to the city, and why has punk often thrived in urban environments throughout the world?
  • How have comics represented cities in the wake of disasters?
  • What is the avant-garde and what does it have to do with the city?


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