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Catalog 2013-2014

Stories and Storytelling

  • Semester: Spring
  • Course Number: HM/SS245
  • Instructors: Laura Beebe
  • Credit: 3

Course Description

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.