Anthropology | Life Histories
E523 | 28039 | Clark


Ethnographers like working with life histories because of their
emotional impact, readability and depth of insight.  This time-honored
genre presents a deceptively simple, transparent opening for authentic
voices and experiences. Avant-garde approaches grapple with complex
questions of power and knowledge.  We will read and discuss examples
of both, covering interviewing techniques, ethical issues of consent
and confidentiality, and editing strategies.  We also consider what
you can learn from them and how.  Class assignments include a journal,
a practice interview and three short essays.  Graduate students will
write an analytic book review.