HIS 392 • Oral Hist: Theory and Practice
The seminar will introduce students to the method and theory of oral history. A review of selected literature will provide a basis for understanding the method of oral history, evaluating oral narratives, and preparing oral history projects. Three sets of relationships that shape oral narratives will frame the general discussion in the class: relationships between words, ideas and other elements embedded in the narratives; relationships between the interviewers and the informants; and relationships between the informants' recollections and their views and assessments of contemporary social surroundings. The course will also provide students an opportunity to conduct professional oral history interviews and to analyze their findings. Students will expound on the readings and field experiences on the basis of discussions, oral reports and written assignments throughout the semester.