ANT 391 • Oral Traditions & History
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
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.
Textbooks/tentative; Fabian, J: Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its Object Frye: Indians into Mexicans: History and Identity in a Mexican Town Manzano, Juan Francisco: Autobiography of a Slave Menchú, Rigoberta: I, Rigoberta Menchú Murgía, Alejandro. 2003. The Medicine of Memory: A Mexican Clan in California Foley, The Heartland Chronicles Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. Silencing the Past. Beacon Press. 1995. Hernandez, Maria. Delirio. UT Press.