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Title: ENGL 151-03, First Year Writing Seminar: Oral History and Folklore, Fall 2011
Authors: Garner, Lori
Keywords: English, Department of;Syllabus;Curriculum;Academic departments;Text;2011 Fall
Issue Date: 25-Aug-2011
Publisher: Memphis, Tenn. : Rhodes College
Series/Report no.: Syllabi CRN;12690
Abstract: Welcome to the course! In today’s world with its dependence on print and electronic media, it is worthwhile to ask ourselves what roles the spoken word continues to play in our society and in our lives. What do we mean today by such terms as “folklore” or “folklife”? In what ways are oral traditions embedded in historical sources, and how might history, in turn, derive from oral tradition? In what ways do our own traditions inform our responses to fiction, history, and the world around us? What ethical and social issues are involved in the collection of folklore and oral history? These and related questions will help guide our reading and discussion across four units, each of which will culminate in a tightly focused paper. The first section of this course will explore uses of folklore in a modern novel by Lee Smith; a second unit will involve extensive work with the oral history collections of Crossroads to Freedom, a digital, multimedia archive sponsored by Rhodes College that documents Memphis in the Civil Rights era. In the third unit you will be asked to collect, contextualize, and interpret items of folklore and oral history in your own families or communities. Finally, you will research a specific oral tradition, drawing extensively on print and electronic library resources in the preparation of an annotated bibliography and research project. Throughout the entire semester, we will analyze various modes of oral and written communication with the primary goal of increasing awareness of the complex factors that guide our many choices as writers.
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