Stories of Kentucky fried rats, poodles in a microwave,
kidneys stolen for the human organ black market, and bizarre gang initiations,
are examples of the popular narrative tradition of “urban legend”.Often macabre, fantastic, horrific and
sometimes hilarious, urban legends are modern adaptations of much older stories
told in daily discourse, and depicted in television, film and novels.This course explores the defining features of
urban legend, their cultural history, themes and their role as cultural
commentary, their cultural fascination and impact, and their popularity on the
internet, in the news and in popular culture.
No previous knowledge of folklore is required; this class is
suitable for freshmen. All are welcome!