The Fair Folk: A Thanatological Perspective

Instructor: Katherine Bayne, MA

Class Description: Who are the Fair Folk? Many do not expect one of the answers to be “the dead”! In this Insights course we will parse through the different types of Fair Folk (focusing on the Irish traditions), examine species of Faery with clearly human folklore (including hauntings, burials and premature deaths) and contemplate the possibility of the Fair Folk as ancestral figures.

Required Reading:
Catherine Briggs, Faeries in Tradition and Literature. Routledge, 2002. There will also be readings online.

Insights 1 – Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Class Meeting: Fridays, 8:00 pm EST
Class Begins: Jan. 20, 2020

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