AMCULT 425 - Feminist Practice of Oral History
Section: 001
Term: WN 2013
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in WOMENSTD or AMCULT.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

*** You know that Grandma/Lola/Auntie/Role Model you've always wanted to learn more about, but never have enough time to just sit and chat?

*** OR that Research Project/Thesis that you have to do interviews for, but just don't know where to start?

*** OR are you searching for a small seminar where you can learn a really good skill in-depth?


This course focuses on the theory and practice of collecting oral histories of women. We will examine various methods of conducting interviews, with a concentration on the feminist perspective. We will discuss theoretical issues such as relationships between the interviewer and interviewee, "insider-outsider" perspectives, our role as "narrator", legal and ethical issues, the reliability of memory, and how the complex intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality are reflected in women's life stories. We will also explore how material and cultural artifacts are made, and how meaning is produced in oral history narratives. Students will learn different strategies of how to prepare for, conduct, and process an oral history interview; how to develop an interview question guide, how to do background research, how to phrase questions to get the most out of an interview, and what type of equipment choices one has. Towards the latter half of the course, we will cover post-interview processing, including: transcribing, editing, indexing, and presenting the interview. Students will have the opportunity to uncover "new" historical findings within our local community, by conducting an interview of one woman, adding to the oral history research available on women.

AMCULT 425 - Feminist Practice of Oral History
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Our book Filipino Women in Detroit: 1945-1955 will be made available for purchase on campus. Do not purchase it online unless you can get it for less than $15.
ISBN: 9780803259447
Women's oral history : the Frontiers reader, Publisher: University of Nebraska Press 2002
ISBN: 0195154347
Doing oral history : a practical guide, Author: Donald A. Ritchie., Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 2nd ed. 2003
ISBN: 0896086380
Sweatshop warriors : immigrant women workers take on the global factory, Author: Miriam Ching Yoon Louie., Publisher: South End Press 2001
ISBN: 0963813641
Filipino women in Detroit : 1945-1955 : oral histories from the Filipino American Oral History Project of Michigan, Author: Joseph A. Galura & Emily P. Lawsin., Publisher: OCSL Press, University of Michigan 2002
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0415903726
Women's words : the feminist practice of oral history, Author: ed. by Sherna Berger Gluck and Daphne Patai., Publisher: Routledge 1991
ISBN: 0199742731
Bodies of evidence : the practice of queer oral history, Author: edited by Nan Alamilla Boyd and Horacio N. Roque Ramirez., Publisher: Oxford University Press
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