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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Martha Menchaca

Core Faculty Ph.D., Stanford University

Martha Menchaca



Additional affiliations: Latin American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, Urban Studies

Recent Publications:

2011.  Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants:  A Texas History.

2007. Latinos and the Mestizo Racial Heritage of Mexican Americans. In: Renato Rosaldo and Juan Flores, eds. Companion to Latino Studies. Pp. 313- 324. Blackwell Press.

2001. Recovering History, Constructing Race - The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans.

1995. The Mexican Outsiders: A Community History of Marginalization and Discrimination in California.

WGS 393 • Oral Traditions And History

46844 • Spring 2015
Meets W 200pm-500pm SAC 5.118
(also listed as ANT 391, LAS 391, MAS 392 )
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This course will examine oral traditions (narratives about the past) and the politics of writing histories. We will explore how ethnographers recover historical information and reconstitute community histories. Auto-ethnography and autobiography will also be explored as historical methods and theoretical approaches that attempt to change the relations between author and informant.

Central issues of analysis include: hermeneutics, oral tradition theories and methods, how people remember the past, memory, the politics of writing, and race.

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