Folk/History: American Traditions and the Study of History, 1900-Present
Keywords:folklore, folk memory, popular culture, performance
AbstractIntimately woven into the fabric of everyday life, American traditions are studied both as texts, read as windows into cultural attitudes, and practices, read as strategies by which people create or contest meaning. This course will introduce students to the role of traditional expressive culture in the life and history of the United States. As traditional expressions often place current issues into certain kinds of relationships with the past, these traditions will be approached through the larger frameworks of race, class, gender, and sexuality that have helped to shape American culture.
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