FOLK-F256 The Supernatural and Folklore


Diane Goldstein
Course Description
Statistics gathered by Gallop Poll together with a variety of other scientific and public opinion surveys indicate that an extremely large percentage of the American and Canadian population not only believe in the supernatural, but in fact, believe that they themselves have had a supernatural or paranormal experience. While most social science disciplines consider supernatural belief to be either historical or marginal, it would seem that a substantial proportion of the North American population, of all ages and social classes, share in these traditions. By examining patterns of belief and the features of supernatural folklore, this course will attempt to understand the nature of surviving and declining tradition.