Spring 2011 Course Descriptions

Folklore C261
Theories of Narrative
TH 10-1P
15 2224 PIEDMONT
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Three hours of seminar per week. This course examines a broad range of theories that elucidate the formal, structural, and contextual properties of narratives in relation to gestures, the body, and emotion; imagination and fantasy; memory and the senses; space and time. It focuses on narratives at work, on the move, in action as they emerge from the matrix of the everyday preeminently, storytelling in conversation--as key to folk genres--the folktale, the legend, the epic, the myth.
Folklore C262B
Theories of Traditionality and Modernity: European Folklore Theory
T 3-6P
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This Course is Cross-Listed with Scandinavian 206 and Slavic 256

The European lands – especially the Nordic countries, Russia and the Balkan countries – are particularly rich in folklore materials, and scholars working on these materials have made major theoretical contributions to the general discipline of folklore. This course, intended both for students of general folklore and for students of Slavic or Scandinavian literatures, will survey these contributions both in terms of the folklore materials themselves and the theoretical advances made on the basis of these materials. Readings on theory will be in the Scandinavian languages, Russian, English and German. The folklore materials themselves are in the original languages (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Serbian, Bosnian); English translations are available of most of these materials. Students in Scandinavian and Slavic should be reading in the original to the extent possible; students of general folklore will do readings in English (and occasionally in German).


Propp, Vladimir. Morphology of the Folk Tale
Propp, Vladimir. Theory and History of Folklore (ed. Anatoly Liberman)
Maranda, Pierre, ed. Soviet Structural Folkloristics
Lord, Albert. The Singer of Tales
Vidan, Aida. Embroidered with Gold, Strung with Pearls, The Traditional Ballads of Bosnian Women
Aarne, Antti. Verzeichnis der Märchentypen.
Holbek, Bengt. Interpreting Fairy Tale.
Sydov, C. W. von. Selected Papers on Folklore.
Pentikainen, Juha. The Nordic Dead-Child Tradition.
Strömbäck, Dag. Leading Folklorists of the North.

Texts not available for purchase, as well as numerous others, will be made available either through library reserve or for downloading on bspace.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; consent of instructors.


Anthropology 217
Discourse and of the Body
M 10-1P
15 2224 PIEDMONT
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This course explores relationships between discourse analysis and approaches to health, biomedicine, and biopolitics, querying how presupposed ideologies of language and communication provide implicit foundations for work on health, disease, medicine, and the body and how research on medical discourses presuppose biopolitical understandings.
The semester is divided into two sections. The first traces genealogies of the largely unexamined imbrication of theories of language, knowledge, performativity, and representation with epistemologies and practices associated with biomedical, “shamanistic,” public health, and other modalities. It examines how structuralism, semiotics, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, Foucault, Bourdieu, media studies, critical discourse analysis, postcolonialism, and science studies, along with widely distributed ideologies of communication, have intersected with medical anthropology, the history of medicine, critical epidemiology, and social medicine. The second part collaboratively develops new approaches that transform discursive and medical perspectives by establishing a critical dialogue between them and explores more sophisticated understandings of the global production and circulation of contemporary discourses of the body, using the notion of “communicability” to see how body-communication connections get mapped. Specific topics to be addressed in this part of the course include the poetics and politics of biopolitical narratives, rumors, and clinical encounters; infectious diseases/infectious representations; trafficking in organs, blood, and bodies; pharmaceuticals and clinical trials; violence and trauma; statistics; and medicine and media. These foci are adapted to reflect the interests of the participants.
Students develop their own genealogical sites of inquiry in the first part of the course and, in the second, extend this research on the basis of their own critical syntheses of approaches to discourse and (bio)medicine.
Music 133C
Music and Theater in Southeast Asia
TuTh 11-1230P with sections (performance labs) F1-2 and 2-3
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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.
Music 139
Musical Dimensions of Islam: Islamic Practice, Muslim Expression
TuTh 2-330P
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Music 179
Music, Politics, and Pleasure: The Cultural Work of Party Music in Trinidad
W 9-12P
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Music 240
Historical Readings in Ethnomusicology
W 9-12P
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Critical analysis of historical sources for ethnomusicological research and focus on the historical construction of the musical Other.
Music 243
Transcription and Analysis in Ethnomusicology
M 1-4P
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Methods and practice of transcription applied to selected musical practices in relation to specific analytical goals. Coursework includes use of software for sound analysis and notation.

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