FLR350 201903 Undergraduate

Term: 
Spring 2020
Course: 
FLR 350
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Folklore & the Bible
Instructors: 

Martha Bayless

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  • Title: Professor, English
  • Additional Title: Director, Folklore and Public Culture
  • Phone: 541-346-3930
  • Office: 344 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20 Email and I will respond within 24 hours
Department Section Description: 

This course brings together readings of the Bible in the Judeo-Christian tradition with apt mythological, folkloristic, and traditional contexts, concepts, theories, and meanings. We will read sections of the Bible that have continuing presence in Western culture and literature, exploring how these are shaped by orality and performance practices, and carry ongoing symbolic and narrative meaning. In addition to reading narrative, lyrical, prophetic, and epistolary sections of the King James English Bible, we will take a folkloristic approach in studying these accounts as a complex tradition of mythic and narrative patterns, heroic images, poetic and legendary modes and conventions, and ethical and legal prescriptions that have, from the beginning persisted as orally transmitted materials and continue to permeate our cultural and ethical practices, beliefs, and traditions.

Fulfills: 

E-Media/Folklore/Culture

Media, Folklore, and/or Culture courses focus on print and non-print media to explore culture and its processes of creative expression.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
 

Old Major: E-Folklore, Ethnic & Women's Literature

Folklore/Ethnic/Women’s Literature courses focus on works  in Folklore, ethnic American writing, and writing by women.