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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2006

AMS 391 • Oral Narrative as HIstory

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28690 F
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
EPS 1.128
EPS 1.128
Norkunas

Course Description

This course focuses on the collection and analysis of oral narratives as evidence of the past, situated somewhere on the continuum between memory and history. Students are trained in oral history interviewing techniques, transcription, and the evaluation of oral evidence. The class reads theoretical material about collective memory, the relationship between memory and history, the ethnographer's role in the creation of the past, and the challenges and possibilities of interpreting oral narrative as history. Students view films and discuss how the public presentation of narrative in print, in film, on the web, and in the museum setting, impacts its meanings. Each student will conduct a series of interviews with selected people associated with a case study, and edit the materials for web publications.

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