• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Literature More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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 traditions of storytelling, both oral and written, in South and Southeast Asia. Studying the social and historical life of stories, the course provides ways to think about region, gender, religion, 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 and Southeast Asian materials, the research project may apply these insights and methods to narratives from elsewhere in Asia or the Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Engage with Asia, particularly South and Southeast Asia, through its diversity of narrative traditions
  2. Display an understanding of the basic coordinates of cultural diversity in South and Southeast Asia, in relation to multiple versions of stories
  3. Use theories of narrative and translation to identify continuity and change in the way stories are told and retold across time and place
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively
  5. Communicate knowledge about Asia through narratives and their analysis.

Other Information

This course is capped at 52 students for Semester 1 2020.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1. Preparation of two questions on readings to guide discussion for two assigned sessions100-150 words X2 (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. 2.Field collection and transcription of an oral story500 words (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. 3.15-minute presentation of project in class (10) [LO 4,5]
  4. 4. Final essay expanding on earlier paper and analytically situating the narrative in relation to class readings.2,000 to 2,500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be provided on Wattle. 

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies



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Unit value:
6 units

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