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*Folklore and Mythology 164. Maledicta: Ritualized Verbal Abuse - (New Course)

Catalog Number: 75065
Stephen A. Mitchell
For Undergraduates and Graduates
Half course
(spring term).
F., 10-1 pm
Exam Group: 3,4,5
Location: Warren House 102 (F&M Library)
Investigates international traditions of vituperation and cursing in their folkloristic, historical and sociological settings, focusing on competitive exchanges of invectives and other abusive language duels as social drama. Performance practices to be studied include Turkish verbal duels, Old Norse senna, Scottish flyting, Anlo-Ewe halo, and African-American `dozens'.