Folklore & MYthology
Fall 2012
Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures& Cultures
Advisor for Minor: Prof. Linda Kraus Worley. 1063 POT
[email protected]
All courses are taught in English
GER 103 Fairy Tales in European Context
Instructor: Linda Worley MW 11:00-11:50. Recitation on R or F,
11:00 or 12:00
This course shows students how to read folk and fairy tales in
new ways and to see our own culture in a critical historical
perspective. Readings and class lectures highlight key issues and
anxieties of European culture from 1400 to 1900 as well as reveal
how people used magic and fantasy to counteract and explain
everyday life in Europe. Students will learn how to read tales
through multiple critical lenses.
Counts towards UK Core Inquiry: Humanities requirement
CLA 135 Greek and Roman Mythology
Instructor: Paola Visonà
Lecture TR 2:00- 2:50 Recitation at various times, mainly on Fridays
This course familiarizes the student with important characters, themes, and stories of
Classical mythology. Developing an understanding of the nature and purpose of myth
as well as the ability to derive message and meaning from myth are other primary
goals. The course draws upon wide and varied fields of knowledge including
literature, history, linguistics, religion, philosophy, and psychology. Each section of
the course meets twice a week for a 50 min. large lecture and once a week for a 50
min. recitation period of approx. 30 students.
Counts towards UK Core Inquiry: Humanities requirement
CLA 331 Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity
Instructor: Jay Francis
TR 11:00-12:15 PM
This course examines how gender, sexuality, and the social institutions and patterns
connected with these operated in ancient Greece and Rome. Essential is the concept of the social
construction of gender and sexuality, i.e., that far from being set in biological concrete, different
societies have understood, organized, deployed, and exploited gender and sexuality in radically different
ways. In this way, classical antiquity can serve as a basis for both understanding and critiquing our own
society, and it is a fundamental aim of this course to engage the student's own thought, criticism,
judgment, and actively construct knowledge from the sources and scholarly interpretive frameworks.
2nd-Tier University Writing Requirement
RUS 370: Russian Folklore
Instructor: Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby
TR 12:30 – 1:45
Russian Folklore studies the folk ways of the Russians, from food to ritual,
from housing to traditional literature. We will discuss how this material
reflects the cultural norms of the Russians with respect to social
hierarchies, gender roles and family and social identity. We will also trace
the development of folk beliefs in the modern world by reading studies of
contemporary Russian life. Comparisons to American folk material and
popular culture will be a component of the class.
UK Core global dynamics (formerly cross-cultural) requirement
CLA 450G: Magic in the Ancient World
Instructor: Ted Higgs TR 9:30 – 10:45
This special topics class will investigate the notion and practice of magic in the Greek and Roman worlds.
The first half of the course will be involved with examining methodological approaches to magic; the
development of Greek magic in the classical period; binding magic, curse tablets, and erotic spells;
incantations; and Greek and Roman legal and cultural responses to magic. As we move towards a look
at magic in the Roman world, we will investigate Greco-Roman and early Christian concepts of magic;
daimons and angels; divine power; ghosts, necromancy, and witchcraft.
Consult the Fall 2012 class schedule for other courses in ANTHROPOLOGY, APPALACHIAN STUDIES,
STUDIES that may be of interest and help fulfill the requirements for the Folklore and Myth minor in the
Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
Look at the Folklore and Mythology website for more
Feel free to contact Prof. Worley at 257 – 2298. E-mail: [email protected]

Folklore and Mythology Courses