How do stories grip people’s imaginations and shape their lives? How do stories link tellers and listeners, claim status, encode values, sacralize the status quo, and also inspire change by providing imaginative alternatives? How are stories transformed through expression in different media, at different historical moments, and the goals of scholars? This two week intensive course explores oral traditions in South Asia. Studying the social life of stories, the course provides ways to think about region, gender, religion, caste, kinship, social movements, the impact of mass media, and cultural continuities in diaspora. The course also offers methods for identifying, recording, transcribing, writing up and interpreting such genres as folktales, legends, myths, epics, oral histories, family stories, and life histories. While readings will draw largely on South Asian materials, the research project may apply these insights and methods to narratives from elsewhere in Asia or the Pacific.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Engage with Asia, particularly South Asia, through its diversity of narrative traditions
2. Display an understanding of the basic coordinates of cultural diversity in South Asia, in relation to multiple versions of stories
3. Use interdisciplinary theories of narrative to identify how stories selectively reshape materials
4. Demonstrate the skills to lift stories from the flow of conversation or historical data
5. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively
6. Communicate knowledge about Asia through narratives and their analysis.
Indicative Assessment1. Preparation of key words and 3 questions on readings to guide discussion for two assigned sessions
100-150 words X2 (20%) 1, 2, 3, 5
2.Field collection and transcription of an oral story OR constructing a story from archival sources
500 words (20%) 1, 2, 3, 4
3.15-minute presentation of project in class (10%) 5, 6
4.Final essay expanding on earlier paper--either on field collection or on archival reconstruction—and analytically situating the narrative in relation to class readings.
2,000 to 2,500 words (50%) 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Students will be required to record their own presentations
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WorkloadWednesday 25 June to Friday 4 July, 10.00-12.00 and 1.00-3.00.
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