LAS 391 • ORAL TRADITIONS AND HISTORY
1:00 PM-4:00 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.
2 essays (7 pages) and a presentation based on an oral history interview
Fabian, J: Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its Object Foucalt: Archaeology of Knowledge Frye: Indians into Mexicans: History and Identity in a Mexican Town Manzano, Juan Francisco: Autobiography of a Slave Menchú, Rigoberta: I, Rigoberta Menchú Stoll, Rigoberta Menchú: And, the story of all Guatemalan people Menchaca, Mexican Outsiders Foley, The Heartland Chronicles A class reader will also be required. It will include articles by Rosaldo, Vansina, Bourdieu, Alonso, Taussig, Mintz, Goody, Connerton, Behar, Reed-Danahay, Lipzet, Clifford, Rabinow.