Anthropology | MEMORY AND CULTURE
E382 | 0422 | Bahloul


In the first decade of the 20th century, Maurice Halbwachs, a disciple of
Durkheim, put forward the concept of "collective memory", a direct product
of the sociological reflection on "collective conscience".  In the
following decades, remembrance was to be analyzed as a learned process, as
a cultural phenomenon expressed in the individual's participation in a
given social organization.  This course will be devoted to the review of
the theoretical literature on collective memory, as it unfolds in diverse
social and cultural formats such as written narrative, visual and
audio-visual art, architecture and monuments, in private and public
ritual, in genealogy and in the social experience of the body.

REQUIREMENTS
- two mid-term examinations (25% and 30% of the final grade)
- one final research paper (35%)
- class attendance (10%)
(Additional requirements for graduate students)

READINGS

Bodnar, John, Remaking America, Princeton Univ. Press, 1992
Halbwachs, Maurice, On Collective Memory, University of Chicago
Press, 1992
Yates, Frances, The Art of Memory, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1966