Aug 14, 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.
Aug 26, 2015
Bill Ferris is a wealth of knowledge and experience - I only regret missing out on the classroom dynamic of a Ferris-led discussion of Southern arts, particularly the Blues.
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Jun 25, 2018
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May 01, 2018
by Shelton D•
Nov 19, 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.
by José D•
Aug 14, 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.
by Ann M•
May 21, 2020
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.
by Arturo T S•
Mar 24, 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.
by Sue J D•
Feb 19, 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.
by Bernardo F B E•
Sep 06, 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.
by Echo W•
Sep 24, 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.
by Ena X•
Nov 11, 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.
by Donna S•
Feb 17, 2017
Great Material. Quizes and discussions didn't work, But i was only auditing the course. There is a wealth of information.
by Yushan S•
Sep 08, 2015
A good course for anyone who want to know more about the American South, but a little boring~
by Coral Y•
Jan 23, 2016
rich and engaging documentaries took 80% of the class content - but still fun to watch!
by Allison B•
Nov 06, 2015
Great course with a different perspective on history&people. Fun and simple.
by Thanh T D•
Aug 22, 2015
Interesting course covering various aspects of the south americans culture.
by Dorothy H•
Nov 24, 2017
Good course with lots of educator's personal experience and footage.
by Amy S•
Sep 13, 2015
Great reflections on some wonderful oral history research.
by Rebecka J•
Aug 22, 2015
Really good course. Happy I had a chance to take it :)
by Andrés S•
Nov 11, 2015
Faltó entrar un poco más en detalle.
by Stéphane C•
Oct 07, 2015
Interesting introduction to the South, Professor Ferris tries to be as exhaustive as the format allows however the exhaustivity leads to a sense of barely skimming the surface over too many topics. I would have preferred a little less and a few more in depth analysis.
Impressive archives collection, definitely a plus of this course.
by Sherry C•
Feb 13, 2016
The best part of this course was, of course, the videos. But it just scratched the surface. I would have been happy to have a whole unit on Eudora Welty or B B King or the Chitlen Circuit. Each and every one of the films was priceless. But the course didn't fully exploit the possibilities of the web and I felt it was very static.
by Eva B•
Apr 08, 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.
by Victoria G•
Oct 19, 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!
by Meghann M•
Nov 01, 2015
Too reliant on materials directly collected by professor, too little context of larger artistic community.
by Celeste G•
Sep 15, 2015
Examples are good. Lecturer could be more interesting