AMS 391 • Oral Narrative as History
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
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, transgenerational memory, trauma and memory, and the challenges and possibilities of interpreting oral narrative as history. Students read transcriptions, listen to audio interviews, view films, and examine web based oral histories as they evaluate how presentation impacts the creation of meaning. Each student will conduct a series of interviews with selected people associated with a case study, and edit the materials for web publication. Students may also edit audio or digital video interviews for web publication.