FOLK-F367: Folklore of the South


Street festival in New Orleans.
Course Description

The Blues? Grits and collard greens? A Texas two-step? Mardi Gras? Country music? Barbecue? Twangy accents? Key Lime Pie? Evangelicalism? The Mason-Dixon line? What makes the South southern? The South, nicknamed Dixieland, is frequently defined as the 11 states of the North American southeast—stretching from Maryland down to the Florida Keys and out to western Texas.

This course surveys a range of folkloric traditions practiced in these southern states, including folk speech, festival celebrations, foodways, folk music, folk religion, and others. Considered together, the folk traditions from disparate geographic and cultural spaces of the broadly defined South present a rich, complex picture of Dixie that allows us to question our Southern assumptions.