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APPALACHIAN FOLKLORE, English
446, Fall 1999
Ricky Cox, 106B, Buchanan House
Office Ph: 831-6153 Home: (540) 789-4145 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tues. 2:00-3:30 PM, 5:00-6:00 PM; Wed. 8:30-9:30 AM; Thurs.
Barden, Thomas E., ed. Virginia
Folk Legends. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1991.
Brunvand, Jan Harold. The
Study of American Folklore. (4th Ed.) New York: W.W. Norton &
Co., ?Inc., 1998.
Eiler, Lyntha Scott, et al. Blue
Ridge Harvest. Washington: Library of Congress, 1981.
?NOTE: Blue Ridge Harvest
is NOT in the RU bookstoreCopies will be on reserve
in McConnell Library
Page, Linda Garland and Eliot Wigginton,
Eds. Aunt Arie: A Foxfire Portrait. Chapel Hill, NC: UNC ?Press,
Roberts, Leonard. Up Cutshin
and Down Greasy. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, ?1988,1959.
--You will also need a handbook
for planning, organizing, and submitting your field collection project.
The ARSC will provide a copy for your use this semester.
COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES:
This course is designed to provide
a definition, demonstration, and analysis of the folklore of the Appalachian
Mountain region. It will move from the verbal lore of tales, ballads,
and sayings to the non-verbal or partially verbal lore of customs, games,
and rituals, and finally to the material lore of structures, designs,
and landscapes. The emphasis in the course will be divided between classroom
study, which will include video, audio, and live demonstrations of the
various genres of folklore, and fieldwork, which will require collections
and analyses by you. As a means of acquainting you with the Appalachian
people and their culture, this study should prove especially useful
to those of you intending to seek employment or already working in the
region in education, health professions, law agencies, religious organizations,
social services, cultural preservation, business, and industry.
OPPORTUNITIES (or requirements,
depending upon your view of the world):
1)?Reading of assigned works
by due dates.
2)?Regular class attendance.
More than two absences may result in grade penalty.
in and contributions to class discussion.
4)?Occasional impromptu in-class
5)?Occasional in-class demonstrations
of folklore, such as storytelling, jokes, music, craft displays,
6)?A biweekly log recounting
your reactions to class activities, to the reading you are doing,
the field work you're engaged in, etc. The log should contain an
entry every other week of at least two full pages (if handwritten).
It should be kept on loose-leaf paper in a folder with pockets so
that subsequent entries can be added. (Class will be divided for
staggered due dates.)
7)?Field trip to Selu Conservancy,
date to be announced. Include a reaction to Selu and our visit there
in your next scheduled log entry (in addition to your regular
8)?Field trip to Blue Ridge
Folklife Festival, Ferrum College, Saturday, October 23, 1998. Include
a brief reaction in your next log. If this is not possible for you,
see no. 9 for one alternative.
9)?Appalachian Folk Arts
Festival, Radford University, Family Weekend, Saturday, October
2, 1997. Include a reaction in your next scheduled log entry.
10)?Analytical paper (2-4
pages, typed) based on the Ferrum trip or the FAF at RU: You are
to pick one activity at the festival to observe in detail
(ask some questions, too!). Your paper should include (in roughly
equal proportions) each of the following: A description of the activity;
a classification (using SAF, the handbook, and your best
judgement) of the activity as to type or genre of folklore; a discussion
of the tradition out of which it comes; and an analysis of its significance,
past and present, in the Appalachian culture it represents. DRAFT
DUE: Nov. 2, for peer sharing. FINAL DRAFT DUE: Nov. 9.
11) Major investigative field
project: A collection of folklore (preferably from the Appalachian
region) and written analysis of its significance. Your collection
will include most of components described (with examples) in A
Handbook for Preparing a Folklife Project. The collection should
be supported by tapes, slides, photographs, artifacts, etc. as appropriate
to your topic. The format should follow the models and instructions
in A Handbook.... With your permission, your collection and
analysis will become a part of the Appalachian Folklore Archive at
the Appalachian Regional Studies Center in Buchanan House. FINAL
PROJECT DUE: Tuesday, NOV. 30.
?NOTE: Written progress
reports on your field project will be required at approximately
four-week intervals (September 21, October 12, and November
16). Conferences with the instructor on your fieldwork and writing
will also be scheduled as needed. Please let me know
when you encounter questions about or problems with your field
12)?Presentation of field
project to class, beginning Nov. 30 and continuing through the final
exam period on Tuesday, Dec. 14.
13)?Mid-Term (10/5) and Final
Examinations (due 12/14). The final is a take-home, essay exam.
14) Adherence to Radford
University Honor Code:
By accepting admission to
Radford University, each student makes a commitment to understand,
support, and abide by the University Honor Code without compromise
or exception. Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated.
This class will be conducted in strict observance of the Honor Code.
Refer to your Student Handbook for details.
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