2 oct. 2015
This were some amazing and enjoyable weeks to learn so ,much about stories and music of the South. Thank you very much and in particular for the fotos and the audio and video recordings.
13 août 2015
One of the greatest courses I ever followed!\n\nInteresting, documentary, not even one minute boring, very well organized and easy to follow.\n\nMusic is part of our history.
par Shelton D•
19 nov. 2016
I think some very tough choices were made to fit the course online. It is a successful course, but you can tell that a more in depth version of the course would probably be exciting. You would certainly go further, if you were enrolled at Chapel Hill, and had a couple semesters to contemplate the topic.
The instructor is a person who made his own videos and recordings of local storytellers, artists and musicians over a long period of time. You can tell he is a very active collector of local lore. So, he tries to feature this material, sensibly. Some of this material you was great.
On the other hand; the knowledge of the course is really only a beginning to what could be learned. For example, when mentioning the photographers or painters of the South, you are not able to see a large number of their pictures. Likewise, when talking about the major writers, such as Faulkner, you do not get to read many longer excerpts of their work. This course provides the names to reference; starting points for further study. The instructor trusts you to investigate these resources on your own.
par José D•
14 août 2015
I took this course with a special interest on the musical aspect, namely the blues, of course. In that regard the course is very superficial, but has some interesting stuff even so. The other aspects of literature, painting, and the more popular arts (kilts, oral traditions, etc.) where a nice surprise. This course gives a view of a cultural aspect of America that is very interesting and mostly unknown, particularly, I guess, to a non American. I advise this course to anyone who is interested in ethnology, folklore and popular art and music and is not already familiarized with the American South.
par Ann M•
19 mai 2021
This course was a great introductory material to the life and the oral tradition of the American South. It explored the deeper areas of Southern life and localised the culture through one-on-one recordings and interviews. One suggestion is that in the last class, Prof. Ferris could have provided a synopsis of the course material. The pace of the teaching is adequate and the modules enable the learner to seek more information as needed. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course.
par Arturo T S•
24 mars 2016
Es una muy buena introducción al estudio de la cultura del sur de los Estados Unidos y al mismo tiempo un panorama para buscar más información sobre ciertos temas como el blues, las tradiciones orales, la religión, la vida cotidiana y los grandes creadores de la literatura y la música inmersos en la tradición del sur estadounidense.
par Deleted A•
25 août 2020
Really interesting. Just a shame that all sources used are limited to the instructor's own work (books, photos and videos), and also that the tone is very monotonous which sometimes makes it hard to lose interest.
par Emily Z•
25 juil. 2020
An insight into an storied culture. My main complaint is that this class is much less of a structured class, and more a string of glimpses into specific and sort of semi-random aspects of Southern culture.
par Sue J D•
18 févr. 2019
I watched many of the videos. It was very interesting. I particularly liked the stories/video clips of musicians. I do hope you have seen The Song Catcher..this reminded me of it.
par Bernardo F B E•
6 sept. 2015
This course is complete and does offer very good information on the music, stories, and art of the American South. I really enjoyed the blues music information presented to students.
par Echo W•
24 sept. 2015
interesting, the photos, the film and voice records really bring us back to the time in the past, which also help me know what the real south is.
par Ena X•
11 nov. 2015
It's a great course with a lot of background on Blues music. Tho I wish there were more music pieces to listen as examples.
par Donna S•
17 févr. 2017
Great Material. Quizes and discussions didn't work, But i was only auditing the course. There is a wealth of information.
par Yushan S•
8 sept. 2015
A good course for anyone who want to know more about the American South, but a little boring~
par Coral Y•
23 janv. 2016
rich and engaging documentaries took 80% of the class content - but still fun to watch!
par Allison B•
6 nov. 2015
Great course with a different perspective on history&people. Fun and simple.
par Thanh T D•
22 août 2015
Interesting course covering various aspects of the south americans culture.
par Laura G•
8 mai 2021
Entretenido, ahora entiendo un pelín más de la cultura de Estados Unidos.
par Dorothy H•
23 nov. 2017
Good course with lots of educator's personal experience and footage.
par Amy S•
13 sept. 2015
Great reflections on some wonderful oral history research.
par Rebecka J•
22 août 2015
Really good course. Happy I had a chance to take it :)
par Andrés S•
11 nov. 2015
Faltó entrar un poco más en detalle.
par U.Raja h•
12 oct. 2020
par Eva B•
8 avr. 2020
Some good information but the video clips were outdated. I can see incorporating historic info, of course, but there must be some video clips from 2000 onward. as well.
par Victoria G•
19 oct. 2015
This was a really good course. I was mostly interested in the music and related culture, but I will be interested to read some of the books that were discussed. Thanks!
par Meghann M•
1 nov. 2015
Too reliant on materials directly collected by professor, too little context of larger artistic community.
par Celeste G•
15 sept. 2015
Examples are good. Lecturer could be more interesting