Fall 2012 Course Descriptions

Folklore C262A
Theories of Traditionality and Modernity
W 11-2P
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This seminar explores the emergence of notions of tradition and modernity and their reproduction in Eurocentric epistemologies and political formations. We will consider the implications of these concepts for differentiations among high and low, local and global, oral and written, etc. Readings will include Anderson, Bourdieu, Butler, Canclini, Chakrabarty, Clifford, Derrida, Foucault, Herder, Latour, Mignolo, Pateman, Poovey and Vico. We will critically reread foundational works published between the 17th century (especially German Romanticists) and the present--along with philosophical texts with which they are in dialogue--in terms of how they are imbricated within and help produce traditionalities and modernities.

CIRCULATIONS: A particular concern of the course in Fall 2012, which will be co-taught by Visiting Professor of Folklore and Anthropology Steven Feld, will be to engage with the theme of circulation and how it is always implicated in discursive and practical productions of tradition and modernity. By centralizing "circulation" we inquire continually about motions, movements, and mediations of material and ephemeral forms, and the distributional effects of how they are performed, consumed, reproduced, understood, and located in and as cultural forms, as well as the fate of subjects and objects that are deemed incapable of circulation. Class meetings will be tied into public events connected to the theme.

Also listed as Anthropology C262A.

Anthropology 189
Special Topics in Social/Cultural Anthropology : Anthropologies of Sound and Music
TuTh 2-330
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This courses explores contemporary conversations about the social life of
sound and music. Course materials are drawn equally from text, sound
recordings, photography, and film, and from diverse social and historical
formations, remote and small-scale, colonial and postcolonial, diasporic,
mass-mediated, urban-based, and long- or more recently globalized. We
emphasize how theoretical perspectives from anthropology, cultural studies
of sound, and media and performance studies contribute to the academic
field of study called "ethnomusicology" or "world music," still largely
taught only or principally in music departments and considered a form of
musical specialization emphasizing "non-European" musics.

Music 133C
Music and Theater in Southeast Asia
TuTh 11-1230P with sections (performance labs)
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Surveys musical traditions of Indonesia and mainland Southeast Asia with special emphasis on Java and Bali and the central role of music in theater and dance in these countries. Three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory (devoted to playing Balinese and Javanese Gamelan) per week.

Music 134A
Music of the East Asia Tradition
TuTh 1230-2P
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Three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory per week. Surveys the musics of China, Tibet, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan--cultures which share instrument types but have developed distinctive musical styles.

Scandinavian 170
Arctic Folklore and Mythology in Nordic Land
MWF 10-11
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This course surveys the folklore and mythology of the principal non-Scandinavian/minority peoples of the Nordic countries: Greenlanders (Eskimos), Sami (Lapps), and Karelians (Eastern Finns). Comparative evidence from other Arctic and Subarctic traditions will also be considered. All readings are in English, and there are no prerequisites.

Materials to be studied derive from the traditional cultures and were for the most part collected in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. There is some generic distinction: legends, myth, and traditional folktales from the Greenlanders and Sami, epic poetry from the Karelians (and its literary reformation in the Kalevala). Shamanism is an informing model of interpretation, and problems of identity and power are central.

Written work: midterm examination, term paper, final examination.

A Trail for Singers. Finnish Folk Poetry: Epic. Ed. Matti Kuusi. Tr. Keith Bosley
Thomas DuBois, An Introduction to Shamanism
Merete Dement Jakobsen, Shamanism: Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to the Mastery of Spirits and Healing
The Kalevala: Or Poems of the Kaleva District. Compiled by Elias Lonnrot. Transl. Francis Peabody Magoun, Jr.
Heinrich Rink. Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo: With a Sketch of Their Habits, Religion, Language and Other Peculiarities
Course Reader

Slavic Languages and Literatures 147A
East Slavic Folklore
MWF 10-11A
Ronelle Alexander
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East Slavic Folklore: "Russian and Ukrainian Folklore"

L&S Breadth: Social & Behavioral Sciences OR Arts & Literature

A survey of Russian and Ukrainian folk tales (with introduction to and discussion of Propp\'s methodology) and epic songs (and issues of historicity and ethnic identity), and of folk religion and customs, with discussion of the uniquely Russian dvoeverie ("double faith"), of the fate (and use) of folklore during the Soviet period, especially under Stalin, and the evolution of folk rituals in urban Soviet and post-Soviet culture.

Afanas'ev, Aleksandr, translated by Norbert Guterman. Russian Fairy Tales. Pantheon Books, 1976. ISBN: 0394730909
Bailey, James and Tatyana Ivanova. An Anthology of Russian Folk Epics. M.E. Sharpe, 1998. ISBN: 0873326415
Ivanits, Linda. Russian Folk Belief. M.E. Sharpe, 1992. ISBN: 0873328892

Prerequisites: None.

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