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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2007

HIS 392 • Hist/Oral Narr/Eth Polit in TX

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40030 TH
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
BUR 436A

Course Description

The seminar will introduce students to the method and theory of oral history. A review of selected literature will provide them with a basis for understanding the technique of oral history and for evaluating oral narratives, Our principal concern here will be to understand how oral history can explain issues on the basis of the specific research questions that it engages and the process of engagement itself. Three sets of relationships that shape oral narratives will frame the general discussion; relationships between words, ideas and other elements embedded in the narratives; relationships between the interviewers and the informants' recollections and their views and assessments of contemporary social surroundings. The course will also provide students an opportunity ti conduct professional oral history interviews and to anlayze their findings. Students will expound on the readings and field experiences on the basis of discussion, oral reports, and written assignments throughout the semester.

Grading Policy

Four topical essays (3-5 pages each) and oral reports - 40 points out of 100 An 8-12 page research plan and oral report - 10 points out of 100 Journal - 10 points out of 100 15-page oral history paper - 40 points out of 100


Berger Gluck, Sherna and Daphne Patai. Women's Words; The Feminist Practice of Oral History. Perks, Robert and Alistair Thomson. The Oral History Reader. Thompson, Paul. The Voice of the Past: Oral History. Tonkin, Elizabeth. Narrating Our Past; The Social Construction of Oral History.


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