F360-poster-2013-webI will be teaching Indiana Folklore and Folklife this summer at Indiana University and am enjoying putting together the Syllabus for the course.  This course explores the folklore and traditional arts of Indiana. First,we survey the oral traditions of our state. From local legends and ghost stories to jokes and personal experience narratives, we probe how the stories reflect and shape the everyday lives of Hoosiers. Second, we study handmade objects and their makers. From gravestones and quilts to buildings and musical instruments, artifacts provide a lens for understanding the identities and creative lives of people and the communities to which they belong. This course is specifically designed to familiarize students with the research methods and skills needed for studying vernacular culture in Indiana and beyond.

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