HM SS 245 - Stories and Storytelling
People of Northern communities have relied on the telling and retelling of stories to transmit significant cultural understandings such as cosmology, ecology, spirituality and social norms. This course will examine the ways in which cultures of the North have used oral narratives throughout time and what functions such narratives serve today in the modern world. Traveling across the top of the world, we will become familiar with a variety of cultural groups who inhabit northern places and come to understand how geography has shaped both identity and the art of storytelling. We will read, listen, watch and share our own stories as we dive deeper into oral traditions. This course will culminate with an original production for the Sterling community.
Stories and Storytelling
Instructor: Laura Beebe firstname.lastname@example.org Home phone: 586-2296
Office Hours: Monday mornings 10:00-2:00, Thursdays 1:00- 2:30, or by appointment
Class Attendance and Participation 30%
active, informed participation (including all lectures, discussions, story performance, etc., on time, alert, well-read and ready to engage)
Engagement in performance Assignments and Short Writings 50%
2 Movie Reaction Papers- 2 pages each, Creation Story- 2-3 pages, Trickster performing story, Mask making
Critical Essay 20%
6-8 pages with 1 peer review and 2 reviews with instructor
Course Policies: Students are expected to attend all classes or make prior arrangements with the instructor if class is missed, arrive to class on time prepared to learn and to participate to their fullest abilities. This course will require students to work creatively and collaboratively with peers. In doing so students are expected to be respectful and stay actively engaged. All assignments are to be turned in at the start of class on assigned days.