Anthropology | MORTUARY PRACTICES
B600 | 0356 | Cook


Meets first 8 weeks only

This course is a seminar in the anthropology of mortuary ritual and the
disposal of the dead.  We will concentrate equally on ethnographic
accounts of the great variety of mortuary practices and on applications of
this body of information to interpreting the archeological record.  Grades
are based on class participation (50%), and on a final paper (50%). A
seminar depends on consistent, thoughtful participation each week from
each person.  You must come to class prepared to discuss the material we
are reading.  If participating in discussion is difficult for you, it can
help to make notes in advance on issues you wish to raise.  Each of you
will be responsible for discussing sources that the other seminar members
have not read.  When we do individual reading assignments, each person
will prepare a written summary of the item he or she has presented for
distribution to other seminar participants.  You will find that your
colleagues in the seminar are quite helpful in finding resources for your
research.

Expect approximately 100 pages of reading per week for the first eight
weeks of class. The second eight weeks will devoted to the research
project.  Your final paper should aim at a substantial, original review or
analysis suitable for submission to an appropriate journal.  Please meet
individually with me to discuss a topic for the final paper before our
third class meeting.  A one-page prospectus of your project is due at our
last meeting before spring break.  Each seminar participant will present a
summary of the project at our final class meeting.

REQUIRED TEXT
Laderman, G.     1996 The Sacred Remains: American Attitudes toward Death,
1799-1883.  Yale
U. Press.